Postdoctoral Researcher Position to work on photothermal processes for solar fuels production

Application Form Deadline: Oct 25th, 2021

IMDEA Energy Institute is a María de Maeztu Center of Excellence whose objective is to develop R&D activities in the fields of renewable energies and clean energy technologies by establishing strong links with leading companies in the energy sector. (


These positions are funded by the Spanish State Research Agency of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Unit of Excellence “María de Maeztu” grant with reference number CEX2019-000931-M (2020-2023), awarded in the “Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence” and the “María de Maeztu Units of Excellence” call 2019 of the Spanish State Programme for Knowledge Generation and Scientific and Technological Strengthening of the R&D&I System.


IMDEA Energy is opening a Postdoctoral Researcher Position for the Photoactivated Processes Unit looking for talented and motivated candidates with strong Chemistry or Chemical Engineering background. The main aim of the research position is the development of a new generation of photocatalyst to be used in photothermal processes and enhance the solar fuels production.

The requirements are as follows:

Your Tasks:

  • Design and synthesis of (photo)catalysts.
  • Catalysts characterization through different physico-chemical techniques, including in situ and operando.
  • Reaction tests for photothermal conversion of CO2 and other processes of interest for solar fuels production.
  • Design of reactors for solar operation of photothermal processes.
  • To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas.
  • Communicate and disseminate research results through high-quality scientific channels including high impact scientific publications, presentation in congresses, etc.
  • Writing of project proposals to national and international calls related to the topic.
  • Supervision of PhD, Master or undergraduate students.

Your Qualification, Experience and Skills:

  • Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Material Sciences, Chemical Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience and solid background on synthesis (inorganic and coordination chemistry) and characterization (structural resolution from single crystal and/or powder XRD, fluid sorption, spectroscopies, microscopies, TGA, etc.)
  • Appreciated knowledge on optical characterization and heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Good track of indexed scientific publications.
  • Experience in national and international research projects.
  • Accredited oral and written communication skills in English.
Selection Criteria
  • Adequacy of the candidate's training and experience to the requested profile.
  • Quality and impact of scientific publications.
  • Motivation for accomplishing high-quality research.
  • Experience in national and international research projects.
  • Knowledge of English.

Remuneration: Between 35.000€ – 38.000€ per year, depending upon qualification and expertise.

*The contract includes all the benefits of the Spanish Public Health and Social Security System.

Duration of the contract: 2 years.


IMDEA Energy Foundation. Mostoles, Madrid, Spain.


Final decisions will be personally communicated by e-mail to all candidates.