Postdoctoral Researcher Position to work on "Innovative Conjugated Porous Polymers (CPPs) for Energy Production and Storage"

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 Electrochemical and Photoactivated Processes Units. We are looking for talented and motivated candidates with strong background on organic synthesis and polymer chemistry. The aim of the research position is the design and synthesis of conjugated porous polymers incorporating redox-active groups as active materials to be used as high performing electrodes in different types of innovative batteries and photoelectrochemical reactors. The requirements are as follows:

Your Tasks:

  • To carry out the synthesis of redox monomers di- and tri- substituted with the adequate functional groups.
  • To perform the synthesis of conjugated microporous polymers (CMPs) following advanced polymerization routes.
  • To carry out the physicochemical and electrochemical characterization of redox monomers and polymers.
  • To formulate electrode inks and prepare electrodes based on redox polymers.
  • Assembling & Electrochemical Testing of polymer-based batteries (coin cells & pouch cells).
  • Test of polymer electrodes on photo(electro)chemical devices.
  • 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.
  • Collaboration in writing 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 Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience and solid background on organic chemistry and polymer science.
  • Expertise in electrochemistry, photochemistry and/or batteries.
  • 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.

Expected Starting Date: During 2021.

Duration of the contract: 2 years.


Fundación IMDEA Energía. Mostoles, Madrid, Spain.


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