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CIC energiGUNE

Postdoc researcher in material science, chemical engineering and applied physics for Non-conventional thermal routes for green hydrogen production

Research Field: Chemistry 
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Job Summary

CIC energiGUNE is seeking for three experienced postdocs to work in a challenging and novel project focused on green H2 production by thermo-chemical water splitting activated through non-conventional heating (microwave and magnetic)

Job Description

The project requires a multidisciplinary approach combining chemical, physical and engineering disciplines in order to reach successfully the objectives set, one above the others the efficient production of Green Hydrogen under mild conditions (low temperature) and preferentially using industrial wastes as primary feedstock (contribution to environmental protection and circular economy).
The main pillars of the project are listed below:
• In deep development and characterization of tailor-made reactive materials with maximized performance for thermal water splitting under non-conventional heating.
• The study of industrial residuals with promising chemical compositions with potential application in thermal water splitting under non-conventional heating.
• Evaluation of materials performance (vs. thermal water splitting) in terms of hydrogen production efficiency, reversibility and cyclability when subjected to non-conventional activation techniques.
• The implementation of a strategy for materials improvement to maximize the reactivity when the materials do not show the desired behaviour (e.g., tuning the microstructure, adding dopants, etc.)
• Fundamental understanding and evaluation of the key parameters affecting the efficiency of the process with the final aim to control it.
All in all, this is a very ambitious project since thermo-chemical water splitting under non-conventional heating is still at a very initial stage. Therefore, the selected postdocs must show the commitment, dedication and passion in facing these exciting and new challenges.
The candidates will have the chance to work in a multidisciplinary environment composed by Chemists, Physicists and Engineers having the possibility to extend their knowledge approaching the research under different points of view.

Job function:
• To select industrial waste with potential application in the studied application
• To develop tailor-made reactive materials for the studied application
• To full characterize the selected industrial waste and prepared materials
• To perform experimental validation of the industrial waste and prepared materials
• To understand and correlate the materials performance with the material characteristics and the heating source
• To collaborate actively with other team members
• To generate new ideas within the frame of the topic


We are offering a 36 months contract and advantageous professional development opportunities and a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment.
Access to a complete set of existing laboratory infrastructure and equipment, as well as to the needs identified during the project development to ensure a fruitful stay and the fulfillment of the objectives in due time.
Integration in an enthusiastic and multidisciplinary young group with great projection and commitments with sustainability and research quality.
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The selection process ends once the candidate is selected.
CIC energiGUNE is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Researcher profile Recognised Researcher (R2), Established Researcher (R3)  
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 40  
Company/Institute CIC energiGUNE 
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Álava 
City Vitoria-Gasteiz 

Organization/Institute Contact Data

Organization CIC energiGUNE 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
City Minano 
State/Province ALAVA 
Postal Code 01510 
Street Albert Einstein 48 
Phone + 34 945 297 108 
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Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2023-01-01 
Application Deadline 2022-10-31 
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Additional Requirements


Specific Requirements

• PhD in Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical engineering, Applied Physics or related fields
• For candidate #1 (chemistry/material sciences): Experience in inorganic materials synthesis, modification and characterization.
• For candidate #2 (chemistry/chemical engineering): Experience in thermochemical water splitting or/and micro-wave assisted chemistry
• For candidate #3 (applied physics): Experience in interaction of magnetic or electromagnetic fields with matter, including mechanisms and thermodynamic approaches
• A team player who can collaborate with other groups, technological centres, and industries.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.