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Date: Wed May 23 03:50:31 2018
Subject: 18.05.23 PhD Studentships in Computational Catalysis and Molecular Design, Bergen, Norway
The Department of Chemistry, University of Bergen, has 2 vacancies for PhD 
candidates in computational catalysis and molecular design. The positions 
are linked to projects on chemical conversion and valorization of renewable 
resources, funded by the Research Council of Norway. 

About the project/work tasks:
In one project, we will develop recyclable catalysts for environmentally 
friendly and economically viable removal of the remaining oxygen 
functionalities of lignin-derived bio-oil to give biofuel. The catalysts 
will be developed with the help of mechanistic insight and predictions from 
quantum chemical calculations, and these calculations will be the focus of 
the PhD student. See 
for details. 

In a second project, we will model, using quantum chemical calculations, 
electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 over nanostructured catalysts based on 
metal/metal oxide. Energy profiles of the individual reaction steps of the 
reduction will be calculated using both slab and cluster models of various 
crystallographic planes and defect sites, thus providing detailed insight 
into the mechanism of the reduction. 
See for details. 
Qualifications and personal qualities:
-The applicants must hold a masters degree or equivalent in chemistry, 
 physics or bordering fields. Master students can apply provided they 
 complete their final masters exam before 29.06.2018. It is a condition 
 of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
-Candidates should have a strong background in quantum chemistry and 
 applied quantum chemistry. Background from other branches of 
 computational chemistry, such as molecular mechanics and dynamics, is 
 also relevant.
-Knowledge of inorganic/organometallic chemistry is an advantage.
-Knowledge of methods of chemometrics and cheminformatics is an advantage.
-Experience in programming is an advantage.
-The successful candidate must have 
  -Well-developed critical thinking and writing skills.
  -Ability to work independently, and also be able to cooperate.
  -Proficiency in both written and oral English.

We can offer:
-Excellent, professionally challenging, and international working 
-Well-equipped and modern laboratories, including state-of-the-art 
 hardware and software for computational chemistry research.
-Membership in a well-funded and interdisciplinary research project.
-Salary at pay grade 50 (code 1017/pay framework 20, alternative 8) in 
 the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of 
 NOK 436 500 (currently ca. USD 55 000, or ca. EUR 45 000). 
-Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
-Position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
-Good welfare benefits.
Deadline: June 01, 2018. 
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