Netherlands: Post-doc Position in Solar Fuel Generation at Delft University of Technology

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Job description

The efficient conversion of solar energy into clean chemical fuels is one of the great challenges for the 21st century. Our approach is to use a semiconductor to directly split water into hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight. Such an ‘artificial leaf’ can be made from semiconducting metal oxides, which combine excellent chemical stability with low cost. The goal for this project is twofold: (1) to fabricate and characterise novel semiconductor photoelectrodes made from cheap and abundant materials, and (2) to investigate the performance and limitations of different oxygen evolution catalysts on semiconductor photoanodes. The successful completion of this project will therefore reveal fundamental insights into the optical and electronic properties of semiconductor photoelectrodes, and lead to the construction of a high-efficiency solar fuel device.


A PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or Chemical Engineering is required. Candidates with strong backgrounds in electrochemistry and materials characterisation and fabrication are sought for this position. Excellent experimental skills and a willingness to work with a diverse international team are essential.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, a free ADSL connection at home, and the opportunity to assemble a customized compensation and benefits package (the ‘IKA’). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Wilson Smith, phone: +31 (0)15-2782659, Written applications can be sent by e-mail to, and should include (1) a Curriculum Vitae, (2) at least two references, (3) a letter of application stating your interest in this position, (4) 2 representative publications, and (5) the date from which you are available. The position is available immediately.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWCE13-045.

Contract type: Temporary, 2 years


Delft University of Technology


Faculty of Applied Scences

The Department of Chemical Engineering, where the work will be carried out, was ranked #10 in the world in the latest QS rankings.

Within the Chemical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage (MECS) section develops new materials for sustainable energy applications. Current research activities include novel material fabrication and characterisation for photo-electrochemistry and photocatalysis, hydrogen storage, hydrogen sensors, and materials for CO2 capture and sequestration.

Additional information

Wilson Smith
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