Double degree PhD scholarship in Nanoparticle catalysis for benign amine production

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    Technical University Of Denmark
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/04/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
    Denmark › Kgs. Lyngby, Copenhagen

A 3-year PhD scholarship in metal nanoparticle catalysis is available at DTU Chemistry, starting from October 1st, 2020. The PhD project will be supervised by Prof. Anders Riisager and Dr. Karine Philippot (LCC-CNRS, Toulouse, France). It will focus on the synthesis and characterization of new, ionic liquid-stabilized transition metal nanoparticle-based catalysts and their application in benign, selective catalytic amine formation.


The project work will be performed partly at DTU Chemistry (Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry) and at the LCC-CNRS Toulouse as well as complemented with a short stay at a French industry partner (IFPEN). The candidate will obtain a PhD double degree from DTU and Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier.


This PhD project is part of an ambitious European Joint Doctorate (EJD) training program on molecular catalysis funded by the European Commission through the Marie Sklowdoska-Curie Action (MSCA), entitled "Coordination Chemistry Inspires Molecular Catalysis" (CCIMC). This program involves 15 joint PhD projects that will be developed in parallel. You are encouraged to consider all these projects to be consulted on the ITN-EJD website www.ccimc.eu.


Responsibilities and tasks

You will be involved in all facets of the research towards developing selective catalyst systems with metal nanoparticles stabilized by functionalized ionic liquids with targeted applications for added-value products by direct synthesis of amines from amides. In cooperation with your supervisors and their research groups, your responsibilities and learning objectives will include, e.g.:

  • Rationally designing, synthesizing, and in-depth characterizing functionalized ionic liquids, metal nanoparticles and catalyst systems.
  • Catalytic performance testing and parameter optimization of developed catalyst systems in batch and continuous-flow reactions.
  • Planning and following up on your research projects.
  • Compiling and storing your scientific data in accordance with the FAIR Data principles.
Dissemination & communication:
  • Participating in mandatory EJD doctoral training program activities.
  • Composing scientific manuscripts for publication.
  • Planning and taking part of active public outreach.
Mentoring & teaching:
  • Daily mentoring of assigned student(s) of the supervisors groups.
  • Provide teaching.

The EJD training program involves mandatory participation in a core course, tutorials and an international school plus network meetings, international workshops and an international conference, where the candidate will present the research work. Travelling activities according to a pre-scheduled program is therefore required during the project.



The successful candidate should hold a Master’s degree in chemistry (120 ECTS points), or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree, with focus on synthetic inorganic and coordination chemistry and/or catalysis.


Experience working with ionic liquids, metal nanoparticles, air sensitive organometallic complexes, pressurized catalytic reactors as well as spectroscopy (e.g. NMR, FT-IR, X-ray techniques), electron microscopy (e.g. TEM/SEM) and chromatography analysis (e.g. GC, HPLC, LC-MS) is an advantage.


The successful candidate should be hard working and highly motivated towards developing new research, eager to seek and share knowledge, able to work independently in a dynamic and international environment, and highly confident in both written and spoken English.


Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study program, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


The successful candidate must satisfy the MSCA mobility rule to be eligible for the PhD scholarship. This implies no more than 12 months of work and/or residence in Denmark within the last 3 years.


We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.


Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and guidelines of the European Commission. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.


You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Anders Riisager, e-mail: ar@kemi.dtu.dk or Dr. Karine Philippot, e-mail: karine.philippot@lcc-toulouse.fr.


You can read more about DTU Chemistry at www.kemi.dtu.dk and LCC-CNRS at www.lcc-toulouse.fr.


Please submit your online application no later than 30 April 2020 (23:59 local time).


Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications and presentations, if any)
  • 2-3 recommendation letters or academic referees contact details
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • Bachelor and/or MSc thesis

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. The recruitment date will be 01/10/2020.


Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.


All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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