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Tenure-track group leaders Photocatalysis and Electrochemistry for Solar Fuels
Employer: DIFFER
Location: Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Netherlands
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:
As group leader you are fully responsible for your research team. A start-up budget for personnel and equipment will be provided. You are expected and challenged to raise additional external funds to augment the group.
You have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field of research (physics/chemistry/materials engineering) and post-doctoral research experience in solar fuels, electrochemistry, (photo-)catalysis or closely related topics. We are particularly interested in researchers who propose original and interdisciplinary approaches. See DIFFER’s Strategic Plan ( for details.
Job Description:
DIFFER is the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research. Our mission is to carry out leading fundamental research in the field of fusion energy and solar fuels. We focus on a multidisciplinary approach, combining physics, chemistry and materials engineering, and work in close collaboration with academic institutions, research institutes and industry. DIFFER is one of the three research institutes of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
For our Solar Fuels research, we are looking for two: 
Tenure-track group leaders 
Photocatalysis and Electrochemistry for Solar Fuels
An exciting new line of research at DIFFER investigates the fundamental science of solar fuels. In this research theme we aim to store the intermittent power from sustainable energy in chemical bonds by reacting H2O and CO2 to hydrocarbons. Two new experimental research groups will carry out a research program on (photo-)catalytic and electrochemical processes in solar fuel devices or device components. To provide cost-effective solutions, fundamental understanding of these processes, often on the nanoscale, is essential. The main focus will be on carrying out fundamental physics / chemistry / materials research, while at the same time keeping an eye on applications in solar fuels devices, including electrolysis of water. The outcome of these fundamental studies will enable the materials engineering of novel materials or material combinations for future solar fuels devices.
Job Application:
The position is intended as full-time appointment for the duration of five years, with the possibility of a tenured position afterwards. We assist new foreign employees with housing and visa applications and compensate your transport costs. We are committed to achieving gender balance within our organization. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
For further information, please contact Richard van de Sanden, director DIFFER. Email: Phone: +31 (0)30-6096914
To apply, submit an application letter, a research statement (maximum 6 pages), resume and list of publications before October 15th, 2013 to Richard van de Sanden, FOM Institute DIFFER, P.O. Box 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. Please submit your application through the link below. Please quote vacancy 13-003. Online screening may be part of the selection.
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Date Posted: August 30, 2013