Postdoctoral researcher: in situ transmission electron microscopy studies of catalytic reactions (1.0 FTE)


Offered by:

Leiden University

Research / Academic


Key responsibilities

A postdoctoral position is available in the research team of Dr. Irene M.N. Groot, working on operando heterogeneous catalysis research. The project - funded by an NWO-Aspasia grant - is aimed at the investigation of catalytic reactions (e.g. CO oxidation, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and/or hydrodesulfurization) using in situ transmission electron microscopy. The project will be executed in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Patricia Kooyman of the University Of Cape Town, South Africa.


Selection criteria

  • PhD-degree in experimental surface science and/or physical chemistry/chemical physics and proven ability of producing scientific output;
  • Experience with (in situ/operando) transmission electron microscopy;
  • Knowledge of heterogeneous catalysis is preferred;
  • Excellent communication skills in the English language are essential.

Salary Benefits:

Terms and conditions 
We offer a position, initially for one year and with the possibility of a renewal for six months based on good performance. Salary ranges from € 2.640,- to € 4.166,- gross per month based on full time employment, (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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