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Postdoc Position in the field of Scanning electrochemical microscopy for renewable energy applications

ABG-86642 Job Confirmed
2019-07-12 Fixed-term 12 Month Salaire à négocier
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Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Palacký University
Olomouc - Czech republic
  • Physics
electrochemical microscopy, electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, nanomaterials characterization
Research and Development


The Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) is a scientific and research centre connected to the Faculty of Science, Palacký University, Olomouc. Its chief objectives are to produce superlative research and to transfer high-tech products and technologies to medical, industrial, and environmental practice with particular emphasis on integrating the centre with international networks and collaborations.

The research group:

The NanoPEC research group at RCPTM focuses on the development, characterization, and testing the functional properties of advanced nano-heterostructures based on earth-abundant materials for solar water splitting, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis.

The inorganic materials are primarily synthetized by state-of-the-art plasma-assisted deposition techniques involving high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) methods as well as wet chemical pathways such as hydrothermal growth, solvothermal synthesis, etc.


We offer a stimulating environment, attractive salary, and a unique opportunity to join well-known research group with state of the art instrumentation including plasma-assisted deposition methods (HiPIMS, PECVD), cryoHRTEM, AFM, UHV STM, FIB/HRSEM, SEM, SQUID, PPMS, XPS and advanced Raman spectroscopy, GDOES, in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy, NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, and one of the best equipped electrochemical and photoelectrochemical laboratory in Europe.

Position and assignments

The successful candidate will be responsible for operating a unique scanning electrochemical microscope equipped with an optical set-up enabling Photoelectrochemistry on nanostructured thin films. The research will focus on the photoelectrochemical and electrochemical characterization though SECM of advanced nano-heterostructures based on semiconductor metal oxides combined with various partners (co-catalysts, multilayer assemblies, optical sensitization, etc.) for photoelectrochemical solar water splitting.

Geographic mobility:



  • PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry;
  • Good publication record,
  • Excellent oral and written English;
  • Experience in scanning electrochemical microscopy and/or electrochemistry and/or photoelectrochemistry;
  • Understanding of advanced methods and results of nanomaterials characterization (HRTEM, TEM, XPS, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, EPR, GI-XRD);
  • Advanced electrochemistry and photolectrochemistry (J-V characteristics, carrier lifetimes, transient spectroscopy, IPCE, APCE, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, hydrogen evolution, etc.).

Formal requirements:

PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry; good publication record, excellent oral and written English.

Career Stage:

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs. (Post-Doc)

Research Profiles:

Recognized Researcher (R2)

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