The ALBA Synchrotron and the Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” (CSIC) are looking for a PhD candidate

for the joint research project "A real space study of functional oxide growth on metal substrates"

Transition metal (TM) oxides are a family of materials with a wide range of physical properties and rich phase diagrams. The ability to grow high quality oxide thin films and heterostructures combined with the versatility of oxide properties opens the path to a large number of applications in oxide electronics such as field effect transistors (FETs) or spintronics. Oxides are also widely used as catalysts or catalyst constituents. Controlling the growth of oxides, especially of low dimensionality, is both a challenge and a promising path to the discovery of new physical phenomena and their application in novel technologies. The present PhD project addresses the in-situ growth of low dimensional TM oxide structures on metal substrates, and their characterization with special emphasis on surface and interface effects. For this end we will exploit the unique capabilities of Low Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM) for in-situ observation of reactive molecular beam epitaxy, and the possibility of performing surface structural, chemical and magnetic characterization at the nanoscale in the same instrument by X-Ray PhotoEmission Electron Microscopy (XPEEM). The project is a collaboration of the ALBA Synchrotron and the Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” (IQFR), leading Spanish groups in LEEM/XPEEM. It will combine the use of the LEEM/XPEEM station of the CIRCE beamline at the ALBA Synchrotron (Barcelona) with complementary measurements and data analysis at the IQFR laboratory (Madrid) using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Low Energy Electron Diffraction, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, and Mössbauer spectroscopy.

The project will take place at the ALBA Synchrotron in Barcelona and the Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” in Madrid. The Alba Synchrotron ( is the largest Spanish scientific facility, with a lively international scientific working environment. The IQFR institute ( is part of a cluster of research institutes at the CSIC campus of Serrano close to the city center. The recipient will share his/her time between both sites. Candidates should have a degree in Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline and be in a position to join a PhD program in Spain. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with an interest in materials and surface science. Experience with synchrotron studies, vacuum equipment, and programming skills are an advantage. Curiosity and motivation for groundbreaking science is assumed. The appointment will be for a maximum of four years.

Interested candidates should send their CV and application letter to Dr. Juan de la Figuera (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Lucía Aballe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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Industrial PhD position at Haldor Topsøe A/S


Topsøe A/S offers a PhD-project in a strong, innovative collaboration between Haldor Topsøe A/S, Utrecht University and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (INANO) at Aarhus University (Denmark). The project is called “Rational design of vanadia based catalysts for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx using emerging advanced X-ray spectroscopy techniques”.

PhD project content 

This project makes use of emerging X-ray spectroscopy techniques to study the fundamentals behind the high performance of vanadiabased SCR catalysts. Haldor Topsøe A/S has far-reaching knowledge of the underlying principles of catalysis. This is complemented by the extensive knowledge and experience in advance x-ray spectroscopy by Frank de Groot (world leading expert in X-ray spectroscopy with more than 240 papers, 12.000 citations and H index above 50) at Utrecht University and well defined model systems at Aarhus University with Jeppe V. Lauritsen. The project is carried out approximately 50% of the time at Utrecht University and 50% at Haldor Topsøe with short stays at INANO. The PhD degree will be awarded from Utrecht University. This is a 4 year project.

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