Postdoctoral Researcher: Photocatalytic degradation of air pollutants using bismuth based perovskite semiconductors (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
36 to 40
Faculty of Science
Application deadline: 
31 March 2020

Job description

Double metal halide perovskites, such as Cs2AgBiBr6 (CABB), have recently emerged as non-toxic alternative to lead based perovskites for optoelectronic applications. CABB was recently recognized for its photocatalytic activity in dye degradation and CO2 reduction reactions. However, the full potential of CABB as a photocatalyst has yet to be explored.

In this project, you will investigate the photocatalytic activity of CABB in the degradation of various air pollutants. The project will consist of a combination of synthesis and characterization of photocatalytic performance. In addition, you will use advanced spectroscopic techniques, such as transient absorption spectroscopy, to investigate the relationship between the charge transfer properties and the photocatalytic activity of CABB.


You are an enthusiastic, highly motivated researcher holding a PhD in a relevant area of Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering, preferably with experience in the field of (photo-)catalysis.


  • a full-time position for 2 years;
  • full-time gross salary ranging from €2,266 to €2,897 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities);
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • the candidate will be provided with the necessary support on all aspects of the project by the research group. 

In addition, we offer a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave and flexible employment conditions. For more information about Utrecht University jobs, please click here.

About the organisation

You will be embedded in the ARC Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC-CBBC), a research center that focuses on finding novel chemical building blocks for sustainable energy applications. ARC-CBBC is a partnership between several universities, including Utrecht University, and industrial partners, making it a highly collaborative work environment.

The Department of Chemistry addresses teaching and research about chemistry. Starting already at the first year of the Bachelor's Chemistry programme, students are trained to become well-rounded scientists with many practical courses and multiple internships within research groups. Three different Master's programmes are available after the general chemistry education of the Bachelor's programme. One Master's programme focuses on Biochemistry, one focuses on the entrepreneurial side of research and the final Master's programme focuses on Physical Chemistry. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to be involved in the supervision of (Bachelor's/Master's) students or even PhD candidates.


At the Faculty of Science there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Within each department there are distinct institutes which focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. These institutes are further broken up into research groups.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts Professors, Researchers and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international community and wonderfully diverse.

Additional information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr E.M. Hutter, via


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role then simply respond via the “Apply” button, enclosing:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references;
  • a copy of your PhD certificate, or a letter from your university stating when your defence will take place.

As part of the selection procedure, the candidate may be requested to give an outline of their research plans in a written report and an oral presentation.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward the link to them.


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The application deadline is 31 March 2020.