Post Doctoral Research Fellow in theoretical thermal catalysis

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Job description:

A Post Doctoral position is available for immediate start. The project focuses on developing an understanding of chemical reactions, such as alkane dehydrogenation or syngas to oxygenates, applying site-specific correlations recently introduced from our group. The work will require development of new or expansion of already existing models describing surface specific phenomena coupled with kinetic modeling of reactivity. The position is at the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis at SLAC National Acceleratory Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, USA. The appointment is for 1 year with a possible extension of 1 year (1+1) based on successful productivity and funding.

Job requirements:

The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Physics or Chemistry and possess a detailed understanding of the 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.  Mid- to high-level programming skills are necessary to run the DFT and micro-Kinetics codes. The applicant is required to have good team skills and should possess the ability to handle and monitor several projects at the same time. Oral and written competency in the English language is essential.


Individuals wishing to apply should provide the following:

  • Letter of application that states the applicant’s interest in the position and description of qualifications based on the credentials listed above.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Contact information for 2-3 references


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SLAC Contact Information:

Dr. Frank Abild-Pedersen

Sr. Staff Scientist, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis

Chemical Science, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,

2575 Sand Hill Road MS31, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA

Tel. +1 (650) 926-2480