Research Fellow in Catalytic Semihydrogenation of Acetylene International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL Portugal


Ref.07.17.132 - Research Fellow in Catalytic Semihydrogenation of Acetylene

Research Center: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Location: Braga, Portugal
Research Field: Chemistry, Materials Science
Career Stage: Preferably 1-4 year research after PhD
Closing Date: August 21st 2017, 23:00 h Lisbon time
Duration: 24 months
Expected starting date: September 1st, 2017
Salary: Competitive package and benefits



INL is seeking a highly qualified self-motivated postdoctoral researcher to participate in EC H2020 research project “Towards Replacement of Critical Catalyst Materials by Rational Design of Novel Transition Metal Nanoparticles (CritCat)”. Research work is to be conducted at the Nanochemistry Research Group of the Micro and Nanofabrication Department under the guidance of Dr. Yury V. Kolen’ko.

Job Role & Key Responsibilities

 The Research Fellow is expected to work with a fixed-bed gas-phase catalytic reactor, performing catalytic testing and characterization of supported nanocatalysts supplied by the project partners. The reaction of interest is the gas-phase catalytic semihydrogenation of acetylene.

Job Requirements

 Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • PhD degree in (physical) chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or a related field of study, acquired prior to the intended starting date at the INL;
  • 1-4 years of research experience after PhD is desirable;
  • Solid knowledge of catalysis;
  • Experience with gas-phase catalytic testing using tubular micro-reactor;
  • Experience with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry;
  • Experience in catalytic data acquisition, treatment, and analysis;
  • Experience in preparing supported catalysts;
  • Familiarity with (in-situ) characterization of catalysts using diffraction, spectroscopic, adsorption, and imaging techniques (e.g. XRD, XPS, Raman, ICP);
  • Familiarity with wet-bench procedures.

Personal Skills

  • Strong drive to carry out research in the proposed topic;
  • Solid motivation to work both independently and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary project;
  • Good track record of disseminating research results.


  • English is the working language of INL. Therefore, excellent communication skills in English are required.

 What we offer

  • Employment contract and competitive compensation package;
  • Employees will also benefit of the various social facilities available at INL;
  • International and highly competitive environment in contact with leading edge technology.

How to Apply

 International candidates are welcome to apply. Only applications in English will be accepted. The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply' button;

Interested applicants should submit a motivation letter, a full curriculum vitae and University certificates. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Employment Agreement

If your application is successful and you accept our offer of employment, you will receive the employment agreement and all other relevant documents. If you are relocating, you will be given assistance by the HR Office.

If Your Application is Not Successful

We highly value the interest shown from applicants wishing to become a part of the INL experience. It is important for us to maintain good communications with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we always send the applicant an answer.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

INL is an equal opportunity organisation, committed to providing equal career opportunities and firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issues.

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The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.

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