PhD Candidate in Operando NMR Methods for Studying Electrocatalysis

PhD Candidate in Operando NMR Methods for Studying Electrocatalysis

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27 Feb 19 Mar Nijmegen

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Job description

We are looking for a PhD candidate to join the NMReChem group at the Magnetic Resonance Research Center, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. This PhD candidate position is funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and will be supervised by Dr Evan Wenbo Zhao (assistant professor) with a focus on developing and applying operando NMR methods for studying electrocatalysis.

The PhD project has two major components - NMR method development and electrocatalysis, with an emphasis on NMR method including novel probe implementation and application. The overarching goal of this PhD project is to help reduce CO2 emission through green electrochemical synthesis of commodity chemicals such as ammonia. We contribute to this goal by using the new NMR approach to push the fundamental understanding of reaction mechanisms.
Your teaching load may be up to 10% of your working time.


Radboud University


  • You should hold a Master's degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or physics by the starting date of this PhD project.
  • You have a demonstrated interest and experience in NMR and/or electrochemistry.
  • You are able to collaborate in an international research environment.
  • You are a good communicator and have an excellent command of spoken and written English.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,541 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,247 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The NMReChem group, led by Dr Evan Wenbo Zhao, focuses on the development and application of operando nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods for studying electrochemistry with a focus on grid-scale energy storage and chemical conversion, which has overarching implications for mitigating climate change. The group is part of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC), which nurtures a strong collaborative environment. The group collaborates with other academic and industrial labs from the Netherlands, Iceland, Spain, Germany, UK, US and Canada. We have routine access to a suite of solid-state and solution NMR systems (ten in total) and develop and home-build customised NMR probes, supported by a team of knowledgeable engineers.

The Center is embedded within the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM). As one of the major research institutes of the Faculty of Science at Radboud University, IMM is a research institute in chemistry and physics that fosters interdisciplinary research. Its mission is to design and create functional molecules and materials with the intention of fundamentally understanding their behaviour.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1205923



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