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22 februari 2017

The Nanoscale Solar Cells Group synthesizes advanced metal and semiconducting nanostructures, characterizes their material properties and integrates them into novel device structures with the aim of improving our fundamental understanding of light absorption, charge separation, recombination and transport at the nanometer scale. See also the AMOLF website.

Job description
This position will be embedded in a programme aimed at developing new solar fuels photocatalysts using light-directed chemical synthesis. This programme is a collaboration between AMOLF and DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research). The programme involves using optical resonances in nanostructures to synthesize complex, hierarchical photocatalysts. The goal is to understand how nanophotonic or plasmonic optical 'hot spots' can be used to drive catalyst deposition, ultimately accelerating solar fuel (e.g. hydrogen via solar water-splitting) generation rates. The project will involve a mix of optical simulations, wet chemical synthesis, nanomaterial characterization, optical spectroscopy and equipment development. In addition to helping manage the project, the postdoc will be expected to help train, supervise and collaborate with a PhD student already hired for the same programme, as well as collaborate with two PhD students housed at DIFFER.

AMOLF initiates and performs leading fundamental research on novel strategical important complex molecular and material systems, in partnership with Dutch academia and industry. AMOLF is located at the Amsterdam Science Park, The Netherlands, and engages approximately 140 scientists and 70 support staff. See also

Job requirements
Candidates must have a PhD degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or a related field. The ideal candidate would have research experience in wet chemical synthesis, photoelectrochemistry, optical spectroscopy of nanomaterials and optical simulations. Experience building equipment is also valuable. Competitive candidates will have multiple first author publications in top journals such as Science, Nature Family, Nano Letters, JACS, Angew. Chemie, Advanced Materials.

Conditions of employment
The Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) prefers candidates who have qualifying experience (e.g. as PhD student or postdoctoral researcher) in a scientific research institute abroad. You will be employed by NWO-I 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 NWO-I 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 NWO-I can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'FOM job interview code' applies to this position.

HR department, +31 020 754 71 00.

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