Multiple Post-Doctoral positions for Chemists, Physical Chemists,

Chemical Engineers are open at KAUST Catalysis Center, Thuwal, North of Jeddah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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The KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC) is looking for promising young chemists! Visit http://kcc.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Home.aspx to find out more about the Center.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree in molecular chemistry, physical chemistry or chemical engineering and must be fluent in English. Candidates should possess expertise in one or several of the following areas:

Chemical methods to graft organometallic compounds onto inorganic oxides or nanoparticles.

This position requires expertise primarily in organometallic synthesis and also surface chemistry including knowledge in vacuum line techniques and manipulation of air- and moisture- sensitive compounds. Expertise in characterization techniques such as FTIR, NMR (liquid and solid state), TGA, DSC are required.

Chemical methods for bimetallic nanoparticles (< 5 nm) synthesis metal and hybrid nanoparticles supported metal, and/or alloy and composite nanoparticles, including know-how in the handling of vacuum lines, pressure, air sensitive compounds (e.g. organometallic synthesis), physico-chemical methods of characterization of such nann-objects (HRTEM, XPS-LEIS, chemisorption, calorimetry, … ) and set-up/running of fixed-bed flow reactors for catalytic evaluation (thermodynamics, sequence writing, heat management, analysis of kinetic data).

Advanced set-up, use and chemical engineering of fixed-bed flow reactors designed for oxidation and macro-kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions in gas & liquid phase, grafting techniques for composite nanoparticles synthesis, including know-how in the handling of vacuum lines, pressure, air sensitive compounds and organometallic synthesis, standard physico-chemical methods of characterization of such nano-objects (HRTEM, XPS-LEIS, chemisorption, calorimetry, … )

Chemical methods for the synthesis of modified- and doped-nano-oxides and/or crystallized and porous oxides, including know-how in the handling of vacuum lines, pressure, air sensitive compounds (e.g. organometallic synthesis), in hydrothermal and sol-gel synthesis, micro-emulsions, etc … , physico-chemical methods of characterization of such nano-objects (XRD, TPR, FTIR, Raman, physisorption, XPS, … ) and set-up/running of fixed-bed flow reactors for catalytic evaluation (thermodynamics, sequence writing, analysis of kinetic data).

Characterize surfaces and surface species central to modern sustainable chemistry using DNP-NMR Spectrometer at KAUST, this requires expertise primarily in the field of solid state NMR applied to material designed for catalysis applications. Theoretical and practical experience are both required. Direct experience with DNP techniques combined to SS NMR would be of high interest.

Successful candidates will benefit from the latest technology including 24 dynamic reactors, 3 high through put reactors (Avantium), grafting lab, inorganic synthesis lab, all spectroscopic and analytical tools as well as access to KAUST Core Laboratories include multiple high resolution electron microscopes, 9 High field NMR for solids and liquids and the Shaheen Supercomputer. Visit http://www.kaust.edu.sa/core-lab-major-facilities.html for more details.

To apply for a Post-Doctoral position in KCC send your CV to: [email protected]