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Physical Chemistry PostDoc Job Position Available @ Empa Switzerland

Physical Chemistry PostDoc Job Position Available @ Empa Switzerland

Physical Chemistry PostDoc Job Position Available @ Empa Switzerland: Empa – the place where innovation starts. Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society. Physical Chemistry PostDoc Job Position Available @ Empa Switzerland

Physical Chemistry PostDoc Job Position Available @ Empa Switzerland

Our laboratory for Joining Technologies and Corrosion is currently looking for a
Postdoc on “Stability and properties of functional oxides in contact with water”
Physical Chemistry PostDoc Job Position Available @ Empa Switzerland

The candidate will be a member of our interdisciplinary research team working in the field of “Structural and in-situ electrochemical characterizations of phase transformations at oxide-liquid interfaces”, as integrated within the experimental platform of the NCCR network “MARVEL – Materials’ Revolution: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials”. The MARVEL project aims at fundamental understanding of the phase stability of functional oxide surfaces in aqueous environments. Experimental investigations on the oxide phase stability by Empa will be compared with model calculations of the defect structures and electronic band structures of the respective oxide and hydroxide phases, as performed by our collaborators from the Atomic Scale Simulation Laboratory at the EPFL in Lausanne. As such, suitable oxide configurations for e.g. photo-catalytic splitting of water should be identified, while accounting for the long-term stability of the functional oxide surface in the aqueous operating environment.

Your Tasks

  • Investigation of the (defect) structure and electronic properties of thin oxide films (e.g. Al2O3, TiO2 and WOx, as grown by anodizing, thermal oxidation or PLD) by surface-analytical techniques, both in the laboratory and at the synchrotron (e.g. XPS, AFM, XRD and XAS)
  • Cutting-edge experimental investigations of the phase stability and microstructure-property evolution of the grown oxide films upon their exposure to aqueous environments
  • Application of the thus obtained fundamental knowledge in running projects with our industrial partners in the field of surface engineering of functional oxide films and hetero-structures

Your Profile

  • PhD degree in Physical Chemistry, Material Science and/or Surface Science
  • Well-developed experimental skills inthe growthof functional oxide films by e.g. thermal or plasma oxidation, anodization, reactive sputtering and/or PLD)
  • Expertise inthe determination of the microstructure and electronic properties offunctional oxide films by e.g. XPS, EIS, AFM, TEM and/or synchrotron methods
  • Expert scientific know-how on the nucleation, growth and phase stability of oxides
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in highly-interdisciplinary research teams
  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written) is mandatory; knowledge of German is an Advantage

We offer a challenging position in a materials research institution in the Zurich area with outstanding infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surroundings. You will be integrated in a highly multidisciplinary team of material scientists, surface physicists, chemists, metallurgists and mechanical engineers to drive innovations in the surface and engineering of functional materials in close-collaboration with our trusted industrial partners.

The position is available upon agreement and initially will be limited to one year with a possibility for contract extension.

For more information, please contact Dr. Claudia Cancellieri, claudia.cancellieri@empa.ch.

Empa
Jolanda Müller
Human Resources
Überlandstrasse 129
8600 Dübendorf
Switzerland
www.empa.ch/web/s202

Physical Chemistry PostDoc Job Position Available @ Empa Switzerland

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