One postdoc position is available in the framework of the ERC-Starting Grant (project Bio2chem-d) awarded to Prof. N. Lopez at the ICIQ – Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (Tarragona, Spain)
The project deals with the simulation of new catalytic materials to transform Biomass-derived molecules into useful building blocks for a sustainable Chemical Industry.
We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced researcher with a PhD in Physics (Condensed Matter), Materials Science, or Chemistry (Physical or Theoretical).
Familiarity with DFT, experience in computational chemistry, proficiency with Unix computing environments and experience in using high-performance supercomputing facilities are required.
Strong oral and written communication skills in English are definitely a must; the ability to publish the results of research in scientific journals is highly desirable.
S/he will be in charge of supervising PhD students and will often work independently on some of the tasks in the project.
The position is for one/two years.
Approximate gross salary: 26,000€-30,000€/ year.
Applications including a motivation letter, CV (including a list of publications), and the names/contact details of at least two referees should be sent (preferably in 1 single PDF file) to: computationalgroups en iciq.es (please write NL-ERC as reference in the subject). The evaluation of candidates will start IMMEDIATELY. We would prefer to have your application before the end of February 2014. Starting date: July 2014
Candidates who meet the requirements and who can start ASAP will stand a very good chance of getting the position.
Prof. Nuria Lopez’ group, ICIQ’s "Theoretical Heterogeneous Catalysis Group”, focuses on the use of atomistic simulations to understand the mechanisms that govern chemical processes in heterogeneous catalysis. The analysis of reaction networks, activity and selectivity issues and the final tests on the stability of the potential materials are fundamental to establish a solid background to determine when they can be considered as a catalyst candidate for a given chemical transformation. The group collaborates both with several experimental groups and with industry, and uses massive computational resources, as those provided by the RES-BSC as well as the group’s own computing resources at ICIQ.
Catal. Sci. Technol. (2012), 2, 2405- 2417
Nature Chem. (2012), 4, 739-745
Nano Letters (2014) DOI: 10.1021/nl404661u
More info on the group: http://www.iciq.es/portal/350/default.aspx
More info on Tarragona: http://www.tarragonaturisme.cat/