2 PhD Positions in photochemical transformations
Are you interested to tackle the challenges associated with photocatalysis in a coherent and comprehensive fashion? Are you curious to make important …
- Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
- Vast contract
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 2395 - € 3061 per maand
Are you interested to tackle the challenges associated with photocatalysis in a coherent and comprehensive fashion? Are you curious to make important contributions to the applicability and scalability of photocatalytic processes through the design of novel photocatalysts, new photocatalytic methodologies, cutting-edge technological solutions to enable automation and scalability, and immediate industrial implementation?
The Flow Chemistry group is headed by Prof. Timothy Noël and is part of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) at the University of Amsterdam. We are seeking two excellent, highly motivated PhD candidates to carry out interdisciplinary research with the aim to overcome the current limitations towards the applicability and scalability of photochemical transformations within the PhotoReAct project.
PhotoReAct is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) and PhD students, which in this context are called Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), will participate in the research to tackle the challenges associated with photocatalysis in a coherent and comprehensive fashion. The use of visible light energy to induce chemical transformations constitutes a chemoselective and green activation mode of organic molecules. However, implementation of this energy source in organic synthetic methodologies and in the industrial production of fine chemicals has been challenging.
In total 15 Early Stage Researchers will be trained in 14 organizations from industry and academia within the PhotoReAct network. The network will provide them with opportunities to undertake research with the aim to overcome the current limitations towards the applicability and scalability of photochemical transformations. This will be achieved through rational design of novel photocatalysts, the development of new photocatalytic methodologies, improved reactor technology and direct industrial implementation of photocatalytic transformations. Furthermore, the ESRs will be trained in the PhotoReAct graduate school, acquiring scientific, personal and soft skills. All ESRs will perform three secondments, of which at least one is intersectoral and carried out with an industrial partner and a second is international. Consequently, the ESRs will have improved career prospects and a higher employability. Due to the high degree of industrial participation, the PhotoReAct network will provide an innovation-friendly environment where scientific results can grow and become products or services that will benefit European economies. PhotoReAct is EU funded (project no. 956324) and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action.
What are you going to do?
Project 1: Solar Photoredox Catalysis in LSC-based Photomicroreactors
Objectives: Development of a sunlight-harvesting reactor which can be operated at elevated temperatures and pressures and can operate off-grid.
Expected Results: Photomicroreactors will be developed of glass Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSC). An algorithm will be developed which allows to cope with variable light intensities (e.g. due to passing clouds). Upconverting nanoparticles will be embedded in the glass matrix to increase the energy efficiency. You will work in a team with one other PhD student under supervision of professor Timothy Noël. The work will be executed within the European Innovative Training Network project PhotoReAct.
Project 2: Multipurpose high-throughput experimentation (HTE) platform for screening photocatalytic processes
Objectives: Development of a HTE experimentation platform which allows to self-optimize photocatalytic reactions in flow. Implementation of Machine Learning algorithms to analyse the obtained data and make predictions of yield/selectivity and reaction conditions for unknown substrates.
Expected Results: A fully automated HTE platform with inline spectroscopy applied to several reactions, incl. energy transfer, hydrogen atom transfer and photoredox. Large amounts of data generated by the platform which will be fed to machine learning algorithms.
You will work in a team with one other PhD student under supervision of professor Timothy Noël. The work will be executed within the European Innovative Training Network project PhotoReAct.
What do we require?
You are expected to:
- be a highly motivated university graduate, within 4 years after receiving a relevant MSc degree;
- be excellent in oral and written English with good presentation skills.
Importantly, applicants must also meet the requirements of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Conditions of Mobility of Researchers. Researchers can be of any nationality and are required to undertake transnational mobility. This means that applicants can not apply for a position in a country where they have lived more than 12 months in the last 3 years. To foster diversity in our research group, we will especially appreciate applications from groups underrepresented in science.
Please do NOT apply if you are not eligible!
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.
The salary will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.
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