PhD and Post Doc positions available in the catalysis community:

PhD Positions:


Carbon dioxide shortages; not on my watch!; X-ray studies on Low Temperature Water-Gas Shift Catalysts

Applications accepted all year round

Interested in the topic of chemical imaging of functional inorganic materials? But what is it you ask? Well chemical imaging makes use of bright light sources (X-rays & laser beams – all very Sci-Fi!) and we use it to study catalysts as they perform their function leading to unprecedented insight into why catalytic materials work or fail. This project involves teaming up with Yara ASA to understand deactivation phenomena in low temperature water-gas shift catalysts. Insight provided here will allow for optimising operation conditions for improved duration and output across their global platforms for ammonia production. Now that’s what you call impactful! 

Key challenges in the PhD include establishing setups and protocols for studying the catalysts under reaction conditions and data processing. The successful student should possess a background/interest in physical sciences or engineering. Research experience in the area of catalysis, imaging, spectroscopy or scattering methods, using X-rays or optical techniques would be an advantage. But a willingness to learn is more important. 

Visit https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/carbon-dioxide-shortages-not-on-my-watch-x-ray-studies-on-low-temperature-water-gas-shift-catalysts/?p119580 for more information and to apply.


One man’s waste is another man’s treasure; Scattering-contrast Computed Tomography of Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts

Applications accepted all year round

Interested in the topic of chemical imaging of functional inorganic materials? But what is it you ask? Well chemical imaging makes use of bright light sources (X-rays & laser beams – all very Sci-Fi!) and we use it to study catalysts as they perform their function leading to unprecedented insight into why catalytic materials work or fail. As proof of just how exciting & relevant the topic is, a leading catalyst company in collaboration with EPSRC have teamed up with UCL to use techniques such as X-ray diffraction and pair distribution function computed tomography we will be providing underpinning characterisation information to the exciting BP Fulcrum venture, turning domestic waste into liquid fuels. A chance to influence a future green technology! 

Key challenges in the PhD include establishing setups and protocols for studying the catalysts under reaction conditions and data processing. The successful student should possess a background/interest in physical sciences or engineering. Research experience in the area of catalysis, imaging, spectroscopy or scattering methods, using X-rays or optical techniques would be an advantage. But a willingness to learn is more important. 

Visit https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/one-man-s-waste-is-another-man-s-treasure-scattering-contrast-computed-tomography-of-fischer-tropsch-catalysts/?p119578 for more information and to apply.


Centre-2-centre PhD project: Characterisation of novel trimetallic catalysts for CO2 activation:

Alloying is one approach that can be used to change the performance of heterogeneous catalysts, yet it is not well understood how and why this works. In this Centre-to-Centre project, researchers from the UK (including Cardiff University, UCL & the Research Complex at Harwell) have teamed up with experts from the Netherlands (MCEC, Utrecht) and Germany (FHI, Berlin) in order to conjointly work on the prediction, design, testing and characterisation of a new generation of trimetallic catalysts for the challenging-yet-topical issue of CO2 hydrogenation. The PhD researcher employed will primarily be involved in using state-of-the-art X-ray spectroscopy/scattering and electron microscopy techniques to study such catalysts often under in situ or operando conditions in order to differentiate between well-functioning and poorly functioning catalysts. They will work as part of a team that will make use of national facilities at Harwell (i.e. DLS and the EPSIC microscopy facilities) as well as those of abroad (BESSY, ESRF etc.). They will work closely with the UK team members performing predictive design calculations/catalyst preparation and performance testing, as well as researchers performing complementary activities in Utrecht and Berlin. Exchange visits between the laboratories are likely during the course of the project. 


Post Doc Positions:


We are currently not recruiting. However, we are always willing to host researchers interested in applying for the following schemes:

  1. Marie Curie Individual Fellowships –https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en
  2. Royal Society International Fellowships – https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-international/
  3. Ramsay Fellowships – https://www.soci.org/awards/scholarships-and-fellowships/ramsay-fellowship
  4. Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships – https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/early-career-fellowships

If interested, please feel free to get in contact to discuss how we can put together a compelling proposal!