Tenure Track position in Physical Chemistry of sustainable Energy 

The Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC), offers a:
Tenure Track position in Physical Chemistry of sustainable Energy 
(38 hours per week) 
Vacancy number: 12-067

The track consists of a temporary appointment for a period of six years maximum with a detailed agreement about tenure track conditions such as how to meet research and educational targets, awarded research facilities, evaluation moments etc. and is expected to lead to a promotion to a tenured position as associate professor. A promotion to a position as full professor can be expected within the subsequent 3 to 5 years.

The research of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry of Leiden University is focused on two themes, i.e. "Chemical Biology" and "Theory and Spectroscopy". Within the framework of the research focused on the latter theme, applications are invited for a tenure-track professor, who will perform and lead experimental research within a research theme that can be summarized as: "Physical Chemistry of Sustainable Energy".

The successful candidate is expected to initiate and lead innovative research on one or more challenging physical chemistry topics that fit within the general field of sustainable energy research. Examples of topics in which major developments are expected during the coming decades are (the formulation of this topic is not intended to be complete, and suggestions of candidates for alternative challenging research ideas are welcome): 

  • multi-electron/proton transfer coupled to water reactivity (e.g., in supramolecular structures based on bio-inspired or bio-mimetic building blocks) in particular in relation to the (photo-)catalysis of water splitting and/or carbon dioxide reduction

  • theory or experiment on reaction mechanisms, thermodynamics, and kinetics of catalytic reactions related to sustainable energy;

  • spectroscopic characterization of such catalytic reactions;

  • modular systems design, interfacing and integration of nanostructures for such catalytic reactions

The successful candidate will significantly contribute to the teaching program in physical and theoretical chemistry, within the Chemistry and the Life Science and Technology curricula.

Candidates should have a track record of excellent research accomplishments in the field of fundamental physical and/or theoretical chemistry, a proven ability to raise external funds, good management skills, and a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (chemistry or physics).

Further information
Fore more information  please contact Prof. Dr. J. Brouwer, tel. +31-71-5274755, e-mail: brouwer@chem.leidenuniv.nl.

Written applications using the vacancy number (12-067) and including a brief description of a research plan, a full vitae, a list of publications, as well as the names and addresses of at least three persons that can be contacted for reference (who have agreed to be contacted), should be submitted before May 7th 2012 preferably by e-mail, to: Prof. Dr. J. Brouwer: 

Leiden University 
Faculty of Science/ Leiden institute of Chemistry, 
Attn., Prof. Dr. J. Brouwer 
P.O. Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden, 
The Netherlands.

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