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Subject: 19.08.02 PhD position in Heterogeneous Catalysis Modelling at The Cyprus Institute

PhD Position at The Cyprus Institute
Heterogeneous Catalysis Modeling

The Position and the Research
We seek a talented and ambitious researcher (PhD student) for a project to develop highly efficient heterogeneous catalysts using first principles-based atomistic simulations. The successful candidate will be trained to use density functional theory (DFT) calculations to characterize performance of heterogeneous catalytic systems at atomic level and will work on the development of systematic methods to identify optimal compositions of the underlying support and the catalyst for dry reforming of methane.

The work will be carried out in the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI) which hosts national state-of-the-art High-Performance Computing (HPC) supercomputing facility (CyTera). DFT computational simulations will provide an invaluable tool to guide experimental synthesis efforts for the development of new heterogeneous catalytic systems which will be carried out at the Nanoparticle/Nanomaterial Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (NanoLab) of the Cyprus institute and the Department of Chemistry of the University of Cyprus.

Expected starting date: beginning of 2020.

The Institute and the Research Centre
The CyI is a new (funded in 2007) and rapidly growing non-profit research and educational institution with scientific and technological focus. It is supported by the Government of Cyprus, which views its establishment as important to its overall policy of transforming Cyprus into a regional centre for research and education. The Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC) of the CyI was launched in December 2007 as the first research centre of the Institute. EEWRC works in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, and Delft University of Technology on societally relevant topics related to Energy and Renewables, Environment and Climate, as well as Water and Natural Resources.

The Candidate
The successful candidate will have to be a University graduate (MSc level) with a relevant academic degree (i.e., a degree in physics, chemistry and/or engineering). He/she should have a strong interest and provable affinity with fundamentals of physical chemistry. Other optional assets for this position will be a background in electronic structure theory, and knowledge of using quantum chemistry software such as Quantum ESPRESSO, VASP, Gaussian or similar. Good oral and written communication skills in English, above-average study results, and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams are a must.

Applicants should also refer to additional information about admission requirements which can be found on our website under the PhD in Computational Sciences Admissions section. Applicants must specify on their online application that they are applying for the position with reference number: GS-EAS-HCM-187 in order to be considered for this position.

Estimated maximum salary per month: EUR 14000-15000 per annum
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 36 months, extendable
Maximum hours per week: 40 (50% work on the project and 50% self-study)

Application Deadline October 1, 2019

Other Information
You can seek further information for applying for this position, by sending your CV and motivation letter to Yury Suleymanov (email: or George Biskos (e-mail: , tel. 00357-22208618).

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