Researcher in Artificial Nitrogen fixation, 2 years
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The Department of Chemistry - Ångström conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 200 employees and has a turnover just over 200 million SEK. At the department's seven programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering and civil engineering programs and master's programs.
Subject description: The science within the program Molecular Biomimetics ranges from biophysics and advanced spectroscopy to synthetic and microbial chemistry, with special emphasis on light-induced electron transfer reactions and the production of solar fuels and products. We study and manipulate the mechanisms of redox active enzymes and reprogram the metabolism of photosynthetic, nitrogen-fixing or hydrogen-metabolizing organisms. These studies constitute the basis for synthesizing metal-organic molecules and materials, with structural or catalytic properties that are similar to those of the enzyme active sites, and for developing microbial cell factories. The program has key competence in Membrane Inlet Mass Spectrometry (MIMS), Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), X-ray spectroscopy, and metabolic and protein engineering.
We are searching for a Researcher in Materials Chemistry to develop new strategies, materials and devices for solar-driven electrochemical reduction of molecular nitrogen to ammonia via heterogeneous catalysis.
The advertised position is available in the group of Professor Johannes Messinger at the Department of Chemistry. Johannes Messinger is chair of Molecular Biomimetics and his group works on biological and artificial photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation. The successful candidate will work in an international, multidisciplinary and dynamic environment with extensive opportunities to learn new techniques.
Work duties: The researcher will work on a project, supported by Energimyndigheten, aiming to explore new approaches for solar-driven electrochemical reduction of molecular nitrogen to ammonia. The candidate will perform the design, synthesis and detailed characterization (XRD, EM, XPS, vibrational spectroscopy etc.) of the catalyst materials. Furthermore, the candidate will perform detailed functional studies employing electrochemistry and membrane-inlet mass spectrometry. The active participation in X-ray spectroscopy is expected.
The researcher will be given the opportunity to engage in teaching in first, second and third cycle studies, which includes the supervision of doctoral students and degree project workers. Opportunity for training in higher education teaching and learning will be given. The researcher is expected to actively seek external research funding.
Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD within the field of Materials Chemistry or a closely related area. We also require demonstrated scientific excellence, as evidenced by publication track record and a list of presentations at national and international meetings. Furthermore, the applicant needs to have demonstrated excellent experience in (photo)electrochemical studies of heterogeneous catalysts and of devices within artificial photosynthesis or nitrogen fixation. The candidate is required to have experience in MIMS and in functional characterization using (photo)electrochemistry and membrane inlet mass spectrometry. The researcher will be involved in extensive collaboration within the multidisciplinary and multinational projects. Thus, interpersonal skills and excellent command of English are essential. In addition, the candidate must be willing to work, at least in part, at the lab of our collaborator at Umeå University. In ranking qualified applicants, scientific excellence will be considered particularly important.
Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.
Additional requirements: Uppsala University intends to recruit the person who, in an overall assessment of competence, skill and documented qualifications, is deemed to have the best conditions for implementing and developing current tasks and contributing to a positive development of the business. Personal circumstances that may be of positive importance for the evaluation of the application, such as parental leave, should be mentioned in the CV.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Salary: Individual pay
Starting date: 2019-03-01 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of employment: Time limited employment for 2 years.
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position, please contact
(Johannes Messinger, phone: +46 70 167 9843, email@example.com)
Please submit your application by 7 February 2019, UFV-PA 2019/211.
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Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/211
Last application date: 2019-02-07