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PhD Candidate, Operando Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis

A PhD position is available in the research team of Dr Irene M.N. Groot working on Operando Heterogeneous Catalysis Research. The project - funded by an NWO- …

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Einsteinweg, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


A PhD position is available in the research team of Dr Irene M.N. Groot working on Operando Heterogeneous Catalysis Research. The project - funded by an NWO-Vidi grant - is aimed at the atomic-scale, operando investigation of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis over cobalt catalysts using scanning tunneling microscopy. Additionally, the project consists of the development of a ReactorSTM for temperatures up to 1200 K and pressures up to 20 bar.


  • Recent Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, Experimental Physics, Chemical Engineering or equivalent;
  • Good to excellent proficiency in English (both oral and written, at least C1 level);
  • Ability to perform research independently;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Preferably experience with ultrahigh vacuum instrumentation and scanning tunneling microscopy;
  • Excellent grades and references.


We offer a position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from €2,222 to €2,840 gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science/graduate-school-of-science). Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

Enquiries can be made to Dr Irene M.N. Groot, emaili.m.n.groot@lic.leidenuniv.nl.
If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact secretary José Dijkzeul, email jdijkzeul@chem.leidenuniv.nl, telephone: +31 71 5274251.

To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 15 July 2018 an email to the secretary of the Catalysis and Surface Chemistry group, José Dijkzeul at jdijkzeul@chem.leidenuniv.nl.
Please ensure that you join to your application the vacancy number and the following additional documents:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position/research topic;
  • An updated CV;
  • The letters of recommendation by 1 or 2 former supervisors;
  • The transcripts of your MSc studies.