Opening for a post Doctoral Research Fellow position in theoretical thermal catalysis

Friday, December 3, 2021

SUMMARY: A Post Doctoral position is available for immediate start in theoretical thermal catalysis.  We are seeking a highly qualified candidate that possesses a detailed understanding of modeling of surfaces within density functional theory and its application in heterogeneous catalysis. Some knowledge about energy correlations and their limitations in heterogeneous catalysis is desirable.  

KEYWORDS: Computational Thermal catalysis, DFT, kinetic modeling

DESCRITION: The project focuses on developing an understanding of chemical reactions of Pt-based catalysts under oxidizing conditions such as alkane combustion and partial oxidation. The work will require development of new and expansion of already existing models describing phenomena related to sintering and surface restructuring as well as kinetic models describing the reactivity. The research, is funded through DOE and the position is for 2 years (1+1) (continuation is based on a yearly evaluation). 

As a successful candidate the following are required:

  • A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or related field
  • A strong background in computational physics or chemistry
  • Proficiency in programming and data analysis with Python
  • Proficiency in modeling surface catalytic reactions using density functional theory
  • Excellent communication skills and a career level-appropriate publication track record
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a diverse research team

Preview of applications begins immediately. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Please include a letter of motivation, C.V. with list of publications, and the contact information for two to three academic references.

CONTACTS: Please send application to Frank Abild-Pedersen ( or contact for further details on the position.