2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship in NanoGeoScience Group at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Our group is international, with about 50 researchers from chemistry, physics, engineering, mineralogy, geology, nanoscience, biology and mathematics. We work together in a dynamic, friendly team to solve questions of relevance to environment and energy. We combine a unique set of nanoscale techniques with classical methods to understand the fundamental processes that take place at the interface between natural materials and fluids (water, oil, CO 2 , O 2 , etc.) and then use the new knowledge to help solve society´s challenges. Some of these include developing methods for ensuring safe drinking water, responsible storage of waste, converting CO 2 to mineral form, squeezing more oil from exhausted reservoirs in environmentally responsible ways, and understanding the mysteries of how organisms make biominerals, such as bones, teeth and shells.The materials of interest are chalk, limestone, sandstone, soil and minerals of all sorts, aqueous solutions, gases, oil, and organic and inorganic components; the temperature of interest ranges from 0 to 120 °C and pressure, from 1 to about 250 atm. Our group´s overall research questions include: “Can we understand the molecular level processes that control the behaviour of natural materials so that we can design an environmentally friendly product or process that will increase oil recovery from existing reservoirs”, “Can we understand the mineral-fluid interface processes in pipes, rock formations and filtration systems so that we can predict the controls on scaling and prevent or promote it?” “Can we understand how organisms design and grow specific mineral faces during biomineralisation?” We are interested in studying all aspects of the physical and chemical properties of minerals and their behaviour at the nanometer scale, using a range of classical and high tech techniques.

Your background can be physics, chemistry, mineralogy, materials science or other; it does not matter but we expect you to be comfortable with physics, chemistry and mathematics. For the AFM positions, experience with atomic force microscopy (AFM) is required.For the surface spectroscopy position, in lab or beam line surface spectroscopy experience is required. For the computational/theoretical positions, experience with density functional theory or molecular dynamics is required. We also require an interest in natural materials and their interaction with water, organic compounds and gases. Enthusiasm for working in a team with scientists from other disciplines is essential. Our aim is to build new understanding of solid-fluid interaction at molecular level by combining experiment and theory over a range of scales and across disciplines and then apply that new knowledge to real systems, solving problems for society and industry.

Deadline: 05-10-2012

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