Post Doc Position in Multiscale Modeling in Solar Fuels

DIFFER is the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, one of the nine research institutes of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The institute focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to energy research, combining physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science. DIFFER's research takes place in two main themes: Solar Fuels for the conversion and storage of renewable energy and Fusion Energy as a clean and unlimited source of energy. DIFFER develops and supports a national network on fundamental energy research and collaborates closely with the academic community and industrial partners.

Post Doc Position in Multiscale Modeling in Solar Fuels

This position is part of the M-ERANET project “Multiscale Modeling and Design of Photo-Electrochemical Interfaces” together with TU Delft, Pablo de Olavide University (Spain), and University of Wrocław (Poland). The project is aimed at modeling the electrochemical interface in photo-electrochemical water splitting. Different levels of theory are elaborated by the different partners. This position is shared between DIFFER and TU Delft and focuses on different levels of theory, i.e. atomistic, kinetic Monte Carlo, and continuum modelling.

Scientific aim: 

The scientific aim is to integrate atomistic and kinetic Monte Carlo modeling results into a new continuum approach to simulate electrochemical interfaces from an electrochemical model.

Responsibilities and tasks: 
  • Develop existing code for continuum modelling further to integrate results from other levels of theory.
  • Investigate the impact of parameter variations on the results of the continuum modelling; compare to experiments from collaborators at DIFFER.
  • Actively discuss the modelling in the other levels of theory together with the project partners and design the interfaces together.
  • Take lead in the common effort in the project of multi-scale modeling.
  • Write scientific publications and present at international conferences.

We seek an enthusiastic and highly talented computational chemist or physicist that is willing to work in an international and interdisciplinary team of physicists, chemists, and engineers. The applicant should hold, or be close to completing, a relevant PhD degree as a physicist, chemist, or materials scientist. Good verbal and written communication skills in English, and the ability to work well, both individually and as the member of a team, are required. Practical experience in one or more of the following areas is highly advantageous: density functional theory calculations, micro kinetic modelling, kinetic Monte Carlo.

Employment conditions: 

Our institute offers a first class and international research environment with various interdisciplinary but related research topics and projects. You will be employed by the NWO institute Foundation for a fixed period of 1.5 years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,154 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. NWO and DIFFER have number of regulations that support employees in finding a good work-life balance. Such as conditions for teleworking, partly paid parental leave and the possibility to purchase and sell holiday leave. General information on working at NWO can also be found at the NWO website (

Further information: 

The 'NWO job interview code' applies to this position. DIFFER strives to achieve a diverse workforce to develop talent and creativity by bringing together different perspectives. As such we encourages applications from women and minorities. Further information on the vacancy is available through the leader of the Electrochemical Materials & Interfaces (EMI) group , Dr. Anja Bieberle-Hütter, Tel: +31 (0) 40 3334 801, e-mail: a [368] bieberle [28] differ [368] nl

Application procedure: 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an application letter, a grade list, and full resume. Please refer to vacancy 18.016 in your application. The letter of application and other documents may be sent electronically, as individual PDF-files, to vacancies [28] differ [368] nl

Closing date: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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