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Position: PhD scholarship in the fabrication of electrochemical sensors for environmental monitoring
Institution: Technical University of Denmark
Location: Kongens Lyngby, Lyngby‐Taarbæk Municipality, Denmark
Duties: The overall objective is to design, prepare and characterize metal-organic frameworks for sensing applications in aqueous matrices. The PhD candidate will carry out the synthesis, characterization and electroanalytical studies of the materials. A strong emphasis will be put on enhancing 1) adsorption selectivity and 2) water stability through various synthetic strategies. Ultimately, the metal-organic frameworks will be deposited as thin-films to create the functionalized sensors
Requirements: Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. The ideal candidate has a strong background in synthetic inorganic and organic chemistry. Candidates should have the ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are expected
   
Text: PhD scholarship in the fabrication of electrochemical sensors for environmental monitoring Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Tuesday 20 Oct 20 Apply for this job Apply no later than 30 November 2020 Apply for the job at Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU by completing the following form. Apply online The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC - DTU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applicants for a PhD position on the development of advanced electrochemical sensors. DHRTC was established by the Danish Underground Consortium and DTU. As part of a national strategy on oil and gas, the research centre is an ambitious, targeted effort to improve various aspects of production and recovery of oil and gas from the Danish North Sea within three areas: reduced operating costs, increased extraction and reducing environmental impact. This position is within the recently initiated program on the abandonment of decommissioned offshore oil and gas fields. The program focuses on ‘ robust and cost-effective abandonment for short and long-term environmental protection ’. Specifically, the project aims to develop electrochemical sensors for the environmental monitoring of abandoned reservoirs. The sensors will be based on highly tunable porous coordination polymers, known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). By adsorption of an analyte, the bulk properties of the material change. This change can be measured as a signal, e.g. electrical or optical, making MOFs promising materials for novel sensing applications. The goal is to create a sensor array to monitor natural gas components and dissolved oxygen levels for the detection of subsurface leaks. Responsibilities and tasks We are looking for a chemist to join a new ambitious project at the interface of fundamental and applied research. You will join a newly established research group working with various aspects of analytical chemistry and functional materials (adsorption, separations, sensors). The group is part of a larger cross-disciplinary team of researchers, and collaboration is expected both with internal and external partners. The overall objective is to design, prepare and characterize metal-organic frameworks for sensing applications in aqueous matrices. The PhD candidate will carry out the synthesis, characterization and electroanalytical studies of the materials. A strong emphasis will be put on enhancing 1) adsorption selectivity and 2) water stability through various synthetic strategies. Ultimately, the metal-organic frameworks will be deposited as thin-films to create the functionalized sensors. The candidate is expected to: Establish synthetic and electroanalytical facilities Carry out the design, synthesis and characterization of metal-organic frameworks Prepare functionalized sensors by fabrication of MOF thin-films Construct a pressurized flow-cell to test sensor performance under simulated seafloor conditions Partake in required centre/departmental activities (e.g. teaching, coursework) Active dissemination of the obtained results, in scientific articles and through participation in national and international conferences, is an integral part of the job. Furthermore, participation in the supervision of M.Sc. students is expected. Qualifications Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. The ideal candidate has a strong background in synthetic inorganic and organic chemistry. Candidates should have the ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are expected. More specifically, the ideal candidate has the following qualifications: Background in experimental work and synthetic methodology Broad understanding of materials characterization (e.g. X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, atomic force and scanning electron microscopy) Experience in programming for data analysis, e.g. using Python, is an advantage Approval and Enrolment The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide . We offer DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. Salary and appointment terms The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years with an expected starting date of 1 st of April 2021. You can read more about career paths at DTU here . Further information Further information may be obtained from researcher (tenure track) Jonas Sundberg, e-mail: jonsun@dtu.dk. You can read more about the scientific basis for the centre’s activities here: http://www.oilgas.dtu.dk/english/Research Application Please submit your online application no later than the 30 November 2020 (Danish time) . Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file . The file must include: A letter motivating the application (cover letter) Curriculum vitae Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here ) Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered. A ll interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre DHRTC is a partnership between five of Denmark's leading research institutions: Aalborg University, Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and the Technical University of Denmark. We gather teams across the network and utilize the cutting-edge expertise of each partner institution. In addition, we are in constant dialogue with industry partners and researchers outside DHRTC. We see this network approach as the most optimal approach to pioneering research that makes a difference in the field. Technology for people DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.
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