Post Doc Position Solar Fuels (F/M)

DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) is one of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) institutes and focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to energy research, combining physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science. 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 building at the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Post Doc Position Solar Fuels
Scientific aim: 

Electrochemical materials and interfaces are present in many energy systems, such as fuel cells, batteries, electrochromic windows and water splitting devices. The performance of such devices is strongly related to the materials and interface properties. Therefore, understanding and tuning of these properties are crucial in order to reach highest performance and to supply alternative, sustainable energy solutions for the future.

In the group “Electrochemical Materials and Interfaces (EMI)”, we focus on the fabrication, characterization, and optimization of photo-/electrochemical materials and interfaces. We are combining in a highly multidisciplinary approach experiments with modeling & simulations. This allows us to elucidate the limitations in the materials and at the interface and to design materials and interfaces with improved performance.

In this vacancy, we are looking for an experimental Post Doc who can strengthen our team in processing and characterization of (mainly) metal oxide electrodes – both from the materials as well as from the electrochemical side.

Responsibilities and tasks: 
  • Organizing and executing own research project
  • Contributing to research projects from colleagues and collaborators
  • Supervising and co-supervising of students (PhD, Master, Bachelor, interns)
  • Organizing the lab together with the lab technicians
  • Writing and contributing to proposals
  • Disseminating of research output at e.g. conferences

We seek an enthusiastic and highly talented experimental materials scientist, chemist or physicist with a solid background in thin films (processing and characterization) as well as electrochemistry. Practical experience in the fields of water splitting or CO2 reduction and/or ATR-FIR spectroscopy is desirable. 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 as well as pleasure in supervising students in the lab are a prerequisite in order to work in our international and interdisciplinary team.

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  2 years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4452,- 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: 

In case you are interested you can apply by electronically submitting an application letter and a full curriculum vitae to vacancies [28] differ [368] nl. In the subject of your email please specify the vacancy number (20.011) and use the following format for your application letter and CV:


Closing date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Vacacany number: 

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