UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1

Wednesday, 18 March 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Physics

A 12 month post-doctoral position is available in the UCD School of Physics, in the Computational Materials Research group of Dr. Nuala Caffrey.

This post will use ab-initio modelling techniques to determine how intercalation can be used to optimize the electrocatalytic efficiency of two-dimensional layered materials.

Low cost transition metal dichalcogenides have been identified as possible low-cost catalysts, with MoS2, in particular, shown to have a suitable hydrogen binding energy for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Lithium intercalation between the MoS2 layers was shown to dramatically increase the total number of active sites by inducing a structural phase transition and activating the entire MoS2 basal plane.
Electrochemical intercalation could therefore offer a robust and reliable means of tuning and optimizing the electronic structure of a layered catalyst and hence its efficiency. The nature of the host material and the intercalant, the magnitude of the charge transfer that occurs upon intercalation, structural changes associated with intercalation, as well as the reactivities and diffusion rates of the intercalants are all open questions.

This role is funded by a Science Foundation Ireland Starting Investigator Research Grant, and is available from 1st May 2020.

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.

The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

Fixed salary: €37,764 per annum

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 31st March 2020

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.