Applications are invited for 15 ESR positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “SOLAR2CHEM – European network for the training of the next generation of scientists in solar chemicals for a sustainable Europe by hybrid molecule/semiconductor devices’’ within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

About the PhD positions:
  • Most of the ESRs will be enrolled in PhD programmes, except those employed by Johnson Matthey and the European Hydrogen Association.
  • All ESRs will be exposed to academic and non-academic partners, attend workshops and summer schools, and receive training from world-leading scientists and expert organisations.


  • ESRs are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • ESRs must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.
  • Applicant must hold master’s degree in relevant subject


Application to be mad via email to with following information:

  • Motivation letter a) why he/she wants to be part of SOLAR2CHEM; b) why is the candidate applying for this specific position; c) why does he/she consider itself to be suitable candidate for this position (one-page)
  • A list of three achievements in life that the candidate is proud of
  • A detailed CV listing education, work experience, publications, relevant other activities and coordinates of up to three referees;
  • An academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education;
  • A copy of academic works such as papers or M.Sc. thesis;
  • A high TOEFL (> 90 or 100) or IELTS (> 6.5 or 7) score certificate.
PhD projects:

ESR1: First row transition metal complexes for selective epoxidation of organic substrates

ESR2: Ligand-stabilised mixed metal oxide nanocrystals for selective water oxidation

ESR3: Carbon nitride photoanodes for the selective organic transformations

ESR4: Tandem devices for efficient and selective production of chemicals from CO2

ESR5: Development of new carbon-nitrogen based Materials with an oxidation power stronger than 2V

ESR6: Graphene foam incorporating photoactive molecular complexes as photoelectrodes

ESR7: First principles investigations of materials in the SOLAR2CHEM

ESR8: Pore-level simulations of multi-physical transport in nano-structured photoelectrodes

ESR9: Reactor engineering and testing

ESR10: Dynamics of photocarrier generation, transport and catalytic reactions at interfaces

ESR11: Characterization of hybrid photocathodes with high spatial and temporal resolution

ESR12: Mechanistic insights of photocorrosion: towards the development of novel protective coatings

ESR13: Synthesis of photoelectrocatalytic nanomaterials for selective chemical transformations

ESR14: EU policy framework and impact for the implementation of a solar chemicals industry

ESR15: Characterisation and mass transport modelling of ion-selective membranes for water splitting reactors

—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Country Europe
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering
Fellowship amount As per MSCA rules
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 31 December 2019
Company Information
  • Total Jobs 109 Jobs
  • Address Europe
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