Doctoral Student (Inorganic Nanoparticles)


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PROJECT: RTI2018-099965-B-I00: New Nanocrystal-based Catalysts with Extended Sunlight Absorption for the Efficient Solar-to-Hydrogen Conversion and its Transformation to Electricity

Description of Group/Project:
The main focus of the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group is the design and development of synthetic strategies for the production of advanced functional inorganic nanoparticles with applicability in energy harvesting, storage, and catalysis that improve the current technology. The project aims to develop a new concept of catalyst that beneficially absorbs and transforms sunlight into electricity for its posterior human use. This comprises semiconductor-based nanoparticles for the efficient transformation of solar energy to solar fuels and Pt-based nanoparticles for the low-cost transformation of solar fuels to electrical energy which will be achieved via breakthrough advances in wet chemical synthesis of nanocrystals.
The candidate will be specifically trained on nanoparticle synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of their physicochemical properties. In addition to acquiring broad scientific multidisciplinary knowledge, the candidate will be additionally trained on education, safety (nanosafety by design), viability and sustainability of nanostructured materials, including regulation, ethics, and opportunities. He/she will gain communication and technology transfer skills and will be trained from the beginning to get familiar and follow the Good Laboratory Practice and Responsible Research and Innovation principles.

Main Tasks and responsibilities:
The researcher will be involved in all different aspects and stages of the project, from the synthesis of the nanocrystal to the study of their final applicability. The functions of the job include:
- The design and development of synthetic protocols for the productions of advanced complex inorganic NPs with control over particle size, morphology, composition, structure, and architecture. 
- The study of nanoparticles surface chemistry to control interparticle interactions and with particle environment.
- The detailed physicochemical characterization of the obtained nanocrystals, to assess the novel materials potential.
- To evaluate the potential applicability of nanocrystals in the fields of energy harvesting, storage, and catalysis.

Applications are welcome from students with a degree in chemistry, nanotechnology, materials science or a related discipline

How to apply:

All applications must be made via the ICN2 careers website and include the following:
1. A cover letter.
2. A full CV including contact details.
3. 2 reference contacts.
4. Academic records (if the transcripts are not in English, Catalan or Spanish, applicants should also attach a translation in one of the mentioned languages). Important: Include the final marks on the application form using the equivalence marks link:

Deadline: 29th October 2019

Process in the Interviews phase