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Postdoctoral Fellowship at IPEN

Posted by: Center for Innovation on New Energies

Posted date: Mar-10-2019

Location: São Paulo, SP

Lead institution: Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares
Department: CCCH - Centro de Células a Combustível e Hidrogênio
Work Address of the position: Avenida Lineu Prestes, 2242, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo - SP
Supervisor: Almir Oliveira Neto
e-mail: aolivei(at)ipen.br
Phone: (11) 3133 9284
Period: Fixed, 24 months.
Number of months: 24 initial.
Submissions deadline: 10/04/2019

Project title: Selective Conversion of Methane to Products in Electrochemical Systems Coupled to Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry.
Research theme area: Electrochemical Systems for Energy Interconversion; Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry.

Description:
The research group at IPEN, members of division 2 of CINE, works in the area of developing and studying electrochemical systems for the interconversion of energies. The objective of this postdoctoral position is associated with developing, testing and characterizing catalyst and electrode systems for the selective conversion of methane to products. A key aspect of this position is the development of gas chromatography–mass spectrometry techniques to determine and quantify the products formed in the electrochemical conversion of methane in the catalyst and electrode systems. A self-motivated and successful researcher may have his/her contract extended for a total of 48 months. The research group at IPEN has well outfitted laboratories with access to multiple electrochemical test systems, impedance analyzers, potentiostats, SEM, XRD, RAMAM, DEMS, gas chromatography-mass spectrometer, ultrasonic spray coater for the deposition of catalysts on mas transport media (e.g. carbon paper), a range of different controlled atmosphere ovens etc.

Research Duties:
To take initiatives in the planning of research;
To develop new techniques for gas chromatography–mass spectrometry;
To develop and integrate new catalysts into catalyst layers using the appropriately produced methods;
To develop and incorporate appropriate gas transport layers onto the fuel cell/electrolyser electrodes;
To test the resulting MEAs;
To identify and develop suitable techniques for understanding the problems associated with the operation of fuel cells/electrolysers;
To conduct data analysis;
To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times;
To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings;
To write reports for submission to research sponsors;
To present findings to colleagues and at conferences;
To submit publications to refereed journals.

Management:
To manage a laboratory and help maintain a clean, safe and productive environment;
To plan and manage project workshops;
To assist postgraduate and undergraduate research students in their work making sure that they comply with laboratory operations;
To write and submit appropriate research summary reports;
To comply with relevant Institutional policies, including Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Information Systems Security Policy and Intellectual Property Rights and Register of Interests Policies.

Finance:
To manage the finances associated with the project.

Strategy:
To assist in the preparation of reports and proposals for the continuation of the research including the development of new projects.
Applicants are required to demonstrate that they possess the following attributes

Qualifications:
PhD degree in Chemistry, Materials Sciences, Chemical Engineering, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience is essential.

Experience (are highly valued, albeit not fully required):
Experience in developing new techniques for gas chromatography–mass spectrometry and in the synthesis nanostructure catalysts;
Experience in the production of polymer electrolyte electrochemical electrodes and systems, especially electrodes for PEMFCs and electrolysers;
Experience of electrochemical and related experimental techniques is essential;
Experience of kinetic analysis;
Knowledge of catalytic mechanisms
Experience with multidisciplinary research and practical experience of working as part of a research team.
Skills and Abilities:
Supervisory/Staff Management Skills;
Teaching skills;
Ability to exercise initiative;
Programming skills, especially in lab-based systems;
Ability to relate appropriately to others;
Report writing skills;
Presentation skills;
Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature;
Ability to develop and apply new concepts;
Creative approach to problem-solving;
Ability to direct the work of a small research team and motivate others to produce a high standard of work;
Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines;
Advanced computer skills, including word-processing, spreadsheets and the Internet.

Knowledge:
Knowledge of electrochemistry and electrochemical energy systems.
Knowledge of materials research;
Knowledge of chemical synthesis.

This Postdoc studentship is funded by Shell, through the foundation FUNDEP. The studentship will cover a standard maintenance stipend of R$87,369.48 per annum.

Documents/Information to be sent:
Updated CV (with a link to the Lattes Curriculum, if applicable);
H index;
Arithmetic mean of the Impact Factor of all published papers;
Number of years since the undergraduate course was concluded;
A copy of the academic record/academic transcript of both graduate and undergraduate courses (as applicable);
A motivation letter highlighting your background and research interests (in English).
Job Title Postdoctoral Fellowship at IPEN
Post Details
Email aolivei(at)ipen.br
Employer's Website www.cine.org.br
Category
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Chemistry
Job Classification Job Classification -> Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location São Paulo, SP
Key Words methane, electrochemical systems, energy interconversion
Start Date 05/01/2019
Salary BRL 7.280,79 per month
Deadline Apr-10-2019