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Physical Chemistry Postdoc Position @ FOMM | Netherlands

Physical Chemistry Postdoc Position @ FOMM | Netherlands

Physical Chemistry Postdoc Position @ FOMM | Netherlands: The Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) promotes, co-ordinates and finances fundamental physics research in the Netherlands. It is an autonomous foundation responsible to the physics division of the national research council NWO. Its annual budget is 91,8 million euros. FOM has two main goals. The first one is to foster physics research of international top level quality in the Netherlands. The second one is to carry out basic physics research together with industry on topics which promise the best chances of gaining economic innovation.

Physical Chemistry Postdoc Position @ FOMM | Netherlands

Postdoc position: Development of a plasmo-electrochemical device for valorisation of CO2 and N2
In the framework of the strategic transition of the institute the research strand Solar Fuels has been established. More than 50 people in ten research groups are currently working on new photocatalytic, photo-electrochemical, plasma-based or optical solutions to enable and improve the conversion and storage of sustainably harvested energy. The Solar Fuels – Facilities and Instrumentation team is currently working on the installation of the brand-new laboratories among them an additional chemical lab to facilitate the synthesis of new materials. Additionally, DIFFER has access to the clean room) at the campus of the TU/e.

Job description

A postdoctoral position is available in the group Photoelectrocatalysis for Solar Fuels for the development and evaluation of an innovative plasma integrated electrochemical device. This device will be based on solid oxide electrolyte cells (SOEC). Utilization of SOEC for electro-fuel production from CO2, N2 and H2O is a very promising route towards renewable energy storage. The reactor will be fed with vibrationally excited species (i.e. CO2* and/or N2*) produced in high frequency (HF) plasmas which have been proven to be very efficient for the vibrational excitation CO2 and N2. Through the integration of SOEC devices with plasma technology pronounced improvements in associative catalytic reaction are expected.


The Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER) is developing top-level research facilities for a future based on renewable energy and carries out leading fundamental energy research. The institute is based on two main strands, solar fuels for the conversion and storage of renewable energy and fusion-energy as clean and unlimited source of energy. DIFFER is developing and supporting a national network on fundamental energy research and is closely collaborating with academic institutions, research institutes and industry. As of 2015 the institute is located in a new, BREEAM certified building at the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). DIFFER is part of FOM and NWO.


FOM prefers candidates who have qualifying experience (e.g. as PhD student or postdoctoral researcher) in a scientific research institute abroad.

Responsibilities and tasks:

  • Development of a electrochemical reactor.
  • Combination of the electrochemical reactor with a HF plasma source.
  • Characterization of the new plasmo-chemical reactor.
  • Fabrication of (button) electrochemical cells with targeted characteristics.
  • Performing research on the synergy effects of the approach.
  • Prepare scientific papers and conference communications.
  • Participation in acquiring additional funds for this research line.
  • Supervision of bachelor and master students.
  • Contribute to the scientific and collaborative research environment at DIFFER.

Conditions of Employment

  • You will be employed by the FOM Foundation for a fixed period of two years.
  • Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,089 euro gross per month, depending on your level of experience.
  • The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent.
  • The conditions of employment of the FOM Foundation are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).
  • General information about working at FOM can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The ‘FOM job interview code’ applies to this position.

Further information on the vacancy is available through the leader of the Solar Fuels – Photoelectrocatalysis team, Dr. M. Tsampas, +31 (0)40 3334 820

You can only respond to this vacancy online via the button below.


  • The candidate must hold a PhD in physical chemistry or solid state electrochemistry or catalysis and has preferably post-doc experience.
  • Knowledge in at least two of the following fields is required: solid state electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, gas analysis, experience in reactor design and materials synthesis.
  • Some background in vacuum or plasma technology will also be highly appreciated.
  • The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills (in English) are mandatory.

Please use the online form for applications : http://www.fom.nl/live/english/positions/onlinesolliciteren.pag?objectnumber=344349


Physical Chemistry Postdoc Position @ FOMM | Netherlands

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