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Position: PhD Student
Institution: Paul Scherrer Institut
Location: Villigen, Aargau, Switzerland
Duties: Complete understanding of the scientific topic and of the main synchrotron spectroscopic techniques (Ambient Pressure X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Near Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy); In situ spectroscopic characterization of a model catalytic system; Synthesis of silver/oxide heterogeneous catalysts; Complete in situ spectroscopic characterization of heterogeneous catalysts under catalytically relevant conditions and in a chemical looping cycle; Publish in international leading scientific journals; Support teaching at ETH Zürich
Requirements: Master degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or related; Background in synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts; Proven problem-solving skills; Creative, hands-on personality; Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team; Well-developed communication skills and good command of the english language (spoken and written); Knowledge in photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron techniques helpful; Programming skills would be an additional benefit
   
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For the Laboratory for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry we are looking for a PhD Student In situ investigation of ethylene epoxidation on silver supported nanoparticles: from catalytic process to chemical looping Your tasks Complete understanding of the scientific topic and of the main synchrotron spectroscopic techniques (Ambient Pressure X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Near Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy) In situ spectroscopic characterization of a model catalytic system Synthesis of silver/oxide heterogeneous catalysts Complete in situ spectroscopic characterization of heterogeneous catalysts under catalytically relevant conditions and in a chemical looping cycle Publish in international leading scientific journals Support teaching at ETH Zürich Your profile Master degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or related Background in synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts Proven problem-solving skills Creative, hands-on personality Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team Well-developed communication skills and good command of the english language (spoken and written) Knowledge in photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron techniques helpful Programming skills would be an additional benefit We offer Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure. For further information, please contact Dr Luca Artiglia, phone 41 56 310 46 68. Please submit your application online by 31.12.2020 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5700-00). 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