Postdoctoral Research Position on “Gas-phase ELEctrocatalysis for Methane VAlorizaTION”

Faculty of Science & Technology, University of Twente (UT) is offering postdoctoral research positions on “Gas-phase ELEctrocatalysis for methane VAlorizaTION”

The project, on “Gas-phase ELEctrocatalysis for methane VAlorizaTION” (ELEVATION), will explore the conversion of methane towards C2+-products of methanol using gas-phase electrocatalysis. The main goal is to uncover the role of water vapor as a precursor to anodically generating active oxygen species for tuning the efficiency and selectivity of methane conversion. This will be studied via gas-phase polymeric electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis, using humid methane as feedstock.


The Postdoc position on Gas-phase ELEctrocatalysis for Methane VAlorizaTION involves the following activities:

  • Fabricate porous metal oxides & membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs)
  • Characterize MEAs (XRD, XPS, SEM)
  • Investigate the reaction kinetics by in-situ FT-IR
  • Work closely with the consortium via short research stays to utilize SECM at RWTH Aachen and TPD techniques at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Study the performance of MEAs via product analysis (GC, MS)
  • Update the consortium on the scientific results and project progress on a regular basis and represent the team at conferences.


The post-doc salary is between € 3.420,- and € 4.490,- gross per month depending on experience and qualifications. The offer further involves:

  • a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%,
  • a solid pension scheme,
  • a minimum of 29-day holidays, and
  • numerous professional and personal development programs.

Job Requirements

The position Gas-phase ELEctrocatalysis for Methane VAlorizaTION seeks candidates with

  • PhD in chemistry, material science, physics, engineering or equivalent field
  • Experience in electrocatalysis
  • Experience in infra-red spectroscopy
  • Expertise with one or more relevant domains of: materials synthesis, heterogeneous catalysis, structural characterization techniques, time-resolved spectroscopy, mechanistic/kinetic studie
  • Experience with taking projects from “0 to 1”
  • Strong English communication skills
  • Passion for sustainable energy technologies
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Application Process

Application material on Gas-phase ELEctrocatalysis for Methane VAlorizaTION should include

  • CV (maximum 2-page),
  • cover letter (maximu 1-page),
  • list of publications and conference talks, and
  • at least two letters of recommendation upon request.

To apply for the position on Gas-phase ELEctrocatalysis for Methane VAlorizaTION, click here.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022

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