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Postdoc position in first-principles simulations of materials for energy at CNR-IOM Trieste, Italy 1 Postdoctoral position

Recipient Structure: Cnr-Iom

Duration: 1 year

Application Deadline: 26 Oct 2021


A postdoctoral position will soon open at Istituto Officina dei Materiali – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IOM) in Trieste, Italy. The position will be for 1-year, renewable for a second year.  Funding for this position comes through the NFFA Europe Pilot project. The expected starting date will be December 2021 / January 2022, and is negotiable depending on the candidate's availability.

The group is active in the field of atomic-scale theoretical simulations of materials and processes for energy conversion and storage, including electrochemical and photoelectrochemical processes. The new postdoctoral position will strengthen our activities in this field, aiming in particular at modelling catalytic reactions taking place at solid/liquid interfaces. Depending on the candidate interests and skills, possible research topics include:

  • Reaction mechanisms of electrochemical processes at electrified solid/liquid interfaces;
  • Development of microkinetic models for photoelectrochemical processes;
  • Machine learning applied to atomic-scale description of solid/liquid interfaces.

The research activity will involve a strong interaction with the experimental groups based at CNR-IOM, as well as with other experimental groups based in Europe through the NFFA Europe Pilot project.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related discipline, have good knowledge of electronic structure theory and previous experience in density functional theory calculations.

Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter, explaining why they are interested in this position, and their CV, including the name and contact information of at least 2 references, to the supervisor of the project, Dr. Simone Piccinin (CNR-IOM,