Postdoc position: Water splitting and carbon dioxide valorization in anion exchange membrane based electrochemical cells (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).

Postdoc Position (F/M)

A two year postdoc position is available in the group of Catalytic and Electrochemical Processes for Energy Applications in the area of water splitting and carbon dioxide valorization.

Scientific aim: 

To address climate change and its long-term multidimensional impacts, the Paris Agreement aims to limit global temperature increase. In order to fulfill its commitments to the agreement, a climate accord was signed in the Netherlands setting the goal of 49% reduction in CO2 by 2030. It is widely agreed that electrochemistry will play a pivotal role in the low-carbon transition by green hydrogen production and/or carbon dioxide valorization. In order to realize commercial solutions, both efficiency and sustainability must be considered. Conventional electrolysis approaches are based either using scarce / expensive materials or are not compatible with an intermittent electricity supply of renewables, such as wind or solar energy. AEM (anion exchange membrane) electrolysers are an emerging solution to these issues since they are based on zero gap design and abundant materials. This postdoctoral position will focus on the development and evaluation of materials for AEM water electrolysis and carbon dioxide valorization.

Responsibilities and tasks: 

The research tasks are highly interdisciplinary and will perfectly align with emerging research lines and granted projects at DIFFER.

•     Development and evaluation of gas diffusion (photo)electrodes in electrochemical half-cells
•     Assembling and characterization of anion exchange membrane electrode assemblies
•     Physical-, chemical- and structural material characterization (UV-Vis, XRD, XPS, SEM)
•     Preparation of scientific papers and conference communications.
•     Supervision of bachelor and master students.
•     Contribution to the scientific and collaborative research environment at DIFFER.


We are looking for a qualified and motivated candidate that meets the following requirements:

•     PhD in electrochemistry or physical chemistry or chemical engineering or material science
•     Practical experience in the areas of electrocatalysis, polymeric membrane fuel cells or electrolysers
•     Strong communication skills and attitude to participate successfully in multidisciplinary projects
•     Ability to work well individually and as a team member
•     Good communication skills in English (both written and spoken)

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 two years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,452 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. The position will be based at DIFFER ( and the working location will be at TU Eindhoven. 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 encourage applications from women and minorities. See also our working at DIFFER web page. Further information on the vacancy is available through, Dr M. Tsampas, e-mail: m [368] tsampas [28] differ [368] nl and CEPEA website

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 (21.012) and use the following format for your application letter and CV:


Closing date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Vacacany number: 

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