PhD position at CERIC-ERIC - CEROP Project

The Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium, CERIC-ERIC, is an integrated multidisciplinary Research Infrastructure open for basic and applied research in all fields of material and biomaterial sciences and nanotechnology. CERIC has been established by integrating advanced research facilities based in 8 countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia) into a unique European entity supporting the creation of basic and applied knowledge and promoting the mobility of researchers in an international multicultural scientific environment.

The position is available for the CERIC-ERIC project CEROP - Deciphering single-atom catalysis in Pt/ceria systems via advancing the CERIC operando methods.

The present project deals with application of operando experimental and theoretical methods methods that yield information on catalyst interactions with realistic gaseous or liquid environments on disentangling the physics and chemistry behind the exceptional activity of ceria based catalysts with atomically dispersed ionic platinum. A broad range of operando methods is available, and, within the project, will be further developed in project partner laboratories, the Surface Physics Laboratory at the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, the synchrotron SAXS beamline at Elettra Sincrotrone, Trieste, Italy, operated by the Graz University of Technology, Austria, and the synchrotron XAFS beamline at Elettra Sincrotrone, Trieste, Italy.

Job description

The successful candidate will be involved in the activities of the project CEROP and he /she will be located at Austrian Small Angle X-ray Scattering beamline at the synchrotron radiation facility Elettra Sincrotrone in Trieste, Italy.

The Austrian SAXS beamline is embedded in the research infrastructure of Elettra Sincrotrone, which offers outstanding experimental facilities open to scientists all over the world. The Austrian SAXS beamline undertakes world leading research in the structural characterization covering the fields from material science, chemistry, biophysics till biology.

The successful candidate has to develop methods to characterize in situ the aging of ceria fuel cell membranes. In this respect the candidate should develop the SAXS set-ups for the experiments, establish the testing protocols, conduct the experiments and perform the data evaluation and interpretation of the results. He should also collaborate with the Post Doc at the EXAFS beamline in Trieste and more importantly with the PI institution, the Surface Physics Laboratory at Charles University, Prague. Therefore the willingness to travel is required.

Qualifications and Requirements

Practical experience in the application of X-ray methods, particularly small-X-ray scattering at synchrotrons, is desirable. Good command of English is required. The candidates should have experience in instrumentation, programming and good knowledge of the operating systems Windows/UNIX/Linux.


  • Duration 12 months, with a possibility of extension up to 36 months.

Applicants should send a letter of application, a detailed CV and the contact details of at least one academic referees.

The search will be open until a suitable candidate is found. The applications should be sent on the following e-mail address:, with the following subject: PhD position at CERIC-ERIC Cerop-SAXS beamline, Trieste.

For further informations about the project please contact:
Ass.Prof.Dr. Heinz Amenitsch
Graz University of Technology
Institut of Inorganic Chemistry
Stremayergasse 9/IV
A-8010 Graz - Austria