30/05/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD in Chemistry

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - ICCOM
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryComputational chemistry
    ChemistryHeterogeneous catalysis
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    01/07/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Italy › Pisa
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    Avviso di selezione n. ICCOM/173/2019/PI
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813748

Vacancy:

Early Stage Researcher (ESR4) position - Catalyst Design by Predictive Modelling of Electrolysers (MSCA-ITN BIKE Project)

 

An EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) position is available in the area of the modelling and simulation of bimetallic catalysts for electrolysers in the ICCOM Institute of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ICNR-ICCOM), Pisa, Italy.

 

This is a full-time position (36 hours per week), fixed-term for 36 months, with a start date of 1st October 2019.

 

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The successful applicant will carry out European Union-funded research within the “BIKE: BImetallic catalysts Knowledge-based development for Energy applications” Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (lTN) project (Grant agreement no. 813748), which offers unique doctoral training and research opportunities.  The BIKE project will develop the next generation of bimetallic catalyst for green and blue hydrogen production. The programme will combine a range of complementary, multidisciplinary research expertise comprising: computational predictive modelling; operando characterization of catalysts; tuneable, robust, and scalable preparative methods of bimetallic nanoparticles; catalyst testing and operation; and reactor/process design.  The BIKE network comprises 10 member institutions and partner organisations, spanning both academia and industry, located in Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  In total, 14 ESRs will be recruited across the BIKE network and each will conduct research on a specific, but closely related research area. The ESRs will work in areas spanning heterogeneous catalysis, green chemistry, hydrogen economy, and materials and chemical sciences within a framework of highly specialized research groups from leading European academic and industrial laboratories. The network will provide outstanding inter-disciplinary training opportunities through hands-on research projects, international lab exchanges, industrial secondments, and specialist workshops and conferences. ESRs are generously funded with many opportunities for travel and networking.

 

 

This full-time, fixed-term ESR position will be based at CNR (Pisa, Italy) under the primary supervision of Dr. Alessandro Fortunelli and will involve research and study in the areas of bimetallic catalyst modelling and design for Aqueous Phase Reforming, including predictive simulation of multi-component nano-particles and their catalytic activity. The ESR will collaborate in research, attend joint training events, and contribute to workshops and conferences across the BIKE network. The post-holder will be expected to register to study for a PhD in Chemical Sciences (3 years) as an integral part of this ESR position, at the University of Pisa, Italy. The ESR will be provided with a generous stipend to cover their living costs and travel for the duration of the 3 years; tuition fees will be paid for this period. They will also receive funds to support their participation in the BIKE-ITN European-wide research and training events. The network ESR/PhD students will receive training primarily through their host institute with additional training provided by visits to other host institutes and industrial partners in the network.

 

 

 

APPLICANT PROFILE

There are strict eligibility and residency requirements that must be met. Applicants must be either European citizens (from EU Member States or Associated Countries, but not residents of Italy), or from Other Third Countries (i.e. USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, India, China, etc.).

 

At the time of recruitment (i.e. first date of employment/signature of the contract) applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have less than 4 years research experience (measured from the time their Master’s or equivalent degree was awarded).
  • Not have a doctorate/PhD.
  • Be a national of any country other than the country of the premises of the host organization to which they are applying (unless they have legally resided outside that country for at least 3 out of the last 4 years), in this case Italy.
  • Not have resided in the country of the recruiting host (in this case Italy) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country) – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

 

Essential criteria:

  • Master’s degree (MSc) or equivalent such as MChem or MSci (but not BSc) in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Material science or a related field.
  • Experience in simulation of metal nano-particles and their catalytic properties.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Good computational skills including use of Microsoft Office (or equivalent) for text and data manipulation.
  • Demonstrated ability and self-motivation in modelling of heterogeneous catalysis, together with ability to think analytically and creatively.

 

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience in first-principles (e.g., DFT) modelling of nano-structured materials and their chemical reaction transformations via theoretical methods techniques.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals, poster and oral presentations at congresses/schools.
  • Academic prizes or scholarships.
  • Previous experience in contributing to a collaborative interdisciplinary research environment.

 

Required Language(s):

  1. English – It is a requirement that applicants can demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficient for them to derive the full benefit from the network training, and to embark on a PhD at an Italian university.
  2. A basic working knowledge and experience of Italian.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications should be sent by email to: segreteria-pi@pi.iccom.cnr.it

 

and marked for the attention of Mrs. Manuela Cempini (Cc: Dr Alessandro Fortunelli)

 

Applications sent to other addresses will not be considered for evaluation.

 

Deadline for receipt of completed applications: 1st July 2019.

 

The subject of the application email must contain the following information:

"Application for ESR4 position in the predictive modelling of bimetallic catalysts for aqueous phase reforming – MSCA-ITN BIKE Project (Grant agreement no. 813748)”. Avviso di selezione n. ICCOM/173/2019/PI

 

 

The application email must be accompanied by the following documents:

 

  1. A standard application letter of no more than 2 pages (written in English) signed by the applicant indicating their full name, date and place of birth, citizenship, postal address, and emaiI address. The letter should clearly indicate the applicant’s motivation for applying for this ESR position and describe their relevant experience.  Additionally, the applicant must explicitly declare that they fulfil the eligibility criteria set out in article 3.4 of the H2020 Guide for Applicants Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Innovative Training Networks (ITN), see:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/guides_for_applicants/h2020-guide-appl-msca-itn_en.pdf

 

  1. Contact information (including email addresses) of TWO academic referees.

 

  1. A detailed CV in English illustrating the candidate's educational background, a list of undergraduate exam results and degrees held (with grades/rankings); a list of publications, poster and oral presentations (if any); academic prizes or scholarships, etc.; and scientific experience and skills.  The document must be signed by the applicant in each page.

 

  1. Where relevant, a copy of Master’s thesis or equivalent (in pdf format) including a 1 page summary written in English.

 

  1. Scanned copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates for the higher education qualifications held.

 

  1. All qualifications obtained abroad (degree and any other qualification) must, as a rule, be recognized in Italy in accordance with current legislation on the subject (information on the website of the Ministry for University and Scientific Research: www.miur.it). The equivalence of the aforementioned qualifications obtained abroad that have not already been recognized in Italy with the aforementioned formal procedure will be assessed solely for the purposes of admitting the candidate to the present selection, by the selection board set up pursuant to art. 6, paragraph 1 of the Disciplinary of the “Assegno di ricerca” positions.

 

Salary (per year) range: 48,166.56 to 51166.56 €

The funding for this Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher position provides for a remuneration starting from 48,166.56 €. Actual salary will depend on employer deductions, personal circumstances and the exchange rate applicable to the fellowship (if not paid in Euros). This amount includes an annual living allowance and a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country).

 

Allowance eligibility depends on the personal circumstances of the ESR:

 

Living Allowance: total amount € 40,966.56 per year. This figure is inclusive of the country coefficient.

 

Mobility Allowance: total amount € 7,200.00 per year.

 

Family allowance: total amount € 3,000.00 per year (eligibility depends on supporting evidence that at the time the ESR position starts the ESR is married, in a partnership equivalent to marriage in the country it was formalised or have dependent children).

 

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Alessandro Fortunelli, Email: alessandro.fortunelli@cnr.it

 

More information about the ITN BIKE programme, the open positions and host organizations is available on the project’s dedicated website: http://www.bike-msca.eu

 

Benefits

Salary (per year) range: 48,166.56 to 51166.56 €

The funding for this Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher position provides for a remuneration starting from 48,166.56 €. Actual salary will depend on employer deductions, personal circumstances and the exchange rate applicable to the fellowship (if not paid in Euros). This amount includes an annual living allowance and a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country).

 

Allowance eligibility depends on the personal circumstances of the ESR:

 

Living Allowance: total amount € 40,966.56 per year. This figure is inclusive of the country coefficient.

 

Mobility Allowance: total amount € 7,200.00 per year.

 

Family allowance: total amount € 3,000.00 per year (eligibility depends on supporting evidence that at the time the ESR position starts the ESR is married, in a partnership equivalent to marriage in the country it was formalised or have dependent children).

Eligibility criteria

At the time of recruitment (i.e. first date of employment/signature of the contract) applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have less than 4 years research experience (measured from the time their Master’s or equivalent degree was awarded).
  • Not have a doctorate/PhD.
  • Be a national of any country other than the country of the premises of the host organization to which they are applying (unless they have legally resided outside that country for at least 3 out of the last 4 years), in this case Italy.
  • Not have resided in the country of the recruiting host (in this case Italy) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country) – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

 

Essential criteria:

  • Master’s degree (MSc) or equivalent such as MChem or MSci (but not BSc) in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Material science or a related field.
  • Experience in simulation of metal nano-particles and their catalytic properties.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Good computational skills including use of Microsoft Office (or equivalent) for text and data manipulation.
  • Demonstrated ability and self-motivation in modelling of heterogeneous catalysis, together with ability to think analytically and creatively.

Selection process

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications should be sent by email to: segreteria-pi@pi.iccom.cnr.it

and marked for the attention of Mrs. Manuela Cempini (Cc: Dr Alessandro Fortunelli)

Applications sent to other addresses will not be considered for evaluation.

Deadline for receipt of completed applications: 1st July 2019.

The subject of the application email must contain the following information:

"Application for ESR3 position in the predictive modelling of bimetallic catalysts for aqueous phase reforming – MSCA-ITN BIKE Project (Grant agreement no. 813748)”. Avviso di selezione n. ICCOM/172/2019/PI

The application email must be accompanied by the following documents:

 

  1. A standard application letter of no more than 2 pages indicating their full name, date and place of birth, citizenship, postal address, and emaiI address. The letter should clearly indicate the applicant’s motivation for applying for this ESR position and describe their relevant experience. Additionally, the applicant must explicitly declare that they fulfil the eligibility criteria set out in article 3.4 of the H2020 Guide for Applicants Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Innovative Training Networks (ITN), see:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/guides_for_applicants/h2020-guide-appl-msca-itn_en.pdf

  1. Contact information (including email addresses) of TWO academic referees.
  2. A detailed CV in English illustrating the candidate's educational background, a list of undergraduate exam results and degrees held (with grades/rankings); a list of publications, poster and oral presentations (if any); academic prizes or scholarships, etc.; and scientific experience and skills.
  3. Where relevant, a copy of Master’s thesis or equivalent (in pdf format) including a 1 page summary written in English.

Scanned copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates for the higher education qualifications held.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience in first-principles (e.g., DFT) modelling of nano-structured materials and their chemical reaction transformations via theoretical methods techniques.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals, poster and oral presentations at congresses/schools.
  • Academic prizes or scholarships.
  • Previous experience in contributing to a collaborative interdisciplinary research environment.

Specific Requirements

At the time of recruitment (i.e. first date of employment/signature of the contract) applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have less than 4 years research experience (measured from the time their Master’s or equivalent degree was awarded).
  • Not have a doctorate/PhD.
  • Be a national of any country other than the country of the premises of the host organization to which they are applying (unless they have legally resided outside that country for at least 3 out of the last 4 years), in this case Italy.
  • Not have resided in the country of the recruiting host (in this case Italy) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country) – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

 

Essential criteria:

  • Master’s degree (MSc) or equivalent such as MChem or MSci (but not BSc) in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Material science or a related field.
  • Experience in simulation of metal nano-particles and their catalytic properties.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Good computational skills including use of Microsoft Office (or equivalent) for text and data manipulation.
  • Demonstrated ability and self-motivation in modelling of heterogeneous catalysis, together with ability to think analytically and creatively.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
CNR-ICCOM
Italy
PI
Pisa
56124
via Giuseppe Moruzzi 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 413040

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