Netherlands: PhD position Electrochemistry at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Job description

A frontier research group at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) invites candidates to apply for a PhD fellow position in the area of electrochemistry.
The student will be in charge of synthetizing new polyoxometalates molecules, characterize their structures using various techniques in order to identify the structures and the properties of the new materials. The next step is to deposit these materials into supports for the fabrication of miniaturized sensors and/or energy (supercapacitors) devices and carry out in vitro testing.

Additional information
There is also the possibility to work with enzymes for same purposes. The candidate has also to deal with manufacturing of miniaturized sensing and energy devices and test the prototypes using electrochemical techniques. The project is multidisciplinary at the frontier between chemistry/physics, materials, and engineering.


– a master level degree in Physical chemistry, Chemistry (synthetic chemistry), Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or Electrochemistry
– enthusiasm for experimental research, interdisciplinary approaches and project management
– a strong background in synthesis of new materials based polyoxometalates, characterization of the materials using various techniques like FT-IR, UV-Vis, TGA, SEM, TEM, XRD and electrochemistry (cyclic voltammetry, amperometry, potentiometry, impedance spectroscopy) are all desirable
– a strong interest in a multidisciplinary approach
– a flexible, creative, socially competent and communicative personality
– good knowledge of English (oral and in writing) is a must.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers an appointment for one year and will be extended for a period of three years which period should be finished with a PhD dissertation. During the first year, the salary is € 2,083 gross per month. This amount will increase to € 2,664 during the fourth year. After one year, the performance of the candidate will be evaluated to decide whether there is sufficient progress to expect a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the remaining three years. A training programme is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for the additional education and supervising that you specifically need.

You may apply for this position before 7 January 2014 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

Successful applications include a letter containing your motivation for applying for this position and a description of previous relevant research experience, a full CV, a list of names of two references and a brief description of your research interests, and a copy of your bachelor and master certificates and academic records (subjects, marks and credits).

Acquisition is not appreciated.

Contract type: 48 maanden


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG)

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The Institute for Technology, Engineering & Management, department of Products and Processes for Biotechnology offers a vacancy for a PhD position in Electrochemistry, Polyoxometalates, Enzymes, Synthesis, Characterization and Advanced Manufacturing for nano/micro sensing/energy devices.

Additional information

Dr. Malika Ammam
+31 50 3639237,
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