PostDoc in-situ (S)TEM – Advanced Electron Nanoscopy (GAeN)

The mission of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is to achieve the highest level of scientific and technological excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Its research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded with the Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence distinction for three consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022 and 2023-2026). ICN2 comprises 19 Research Groups, 7 Technical Development and Support Units and Facilities, and 2 Research Platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Job Title: PostDoc in-situ (S)TEM

Research area or group: Advanced Electron Nanoscopy (GAeN)

Description of Group/Project:
The candidate will work at the ICN2 and the ALBA Synchrotron developing correlative (S)TEM in-situ experiments on catalysts, from SACs to multiple types of nanostructures. This position is linked to the In-CAEM project, coordinated by Prof. Jordi Arbiol, which is part of the Joint Electron Microscopy Center at ALBA (JEMCA). The objective is to enable correlative in-situ (S)TEM and Synchrotron Radiation (SR) experiments for addressing some of the scientific challenges of the European Green Deal plan, to promote a more sustainable EU economy.
The In-situ Correlative Facility for Advanced Energy Materials (In-CAEM), is envisioned as a key tool to tackle advanced characterization challenges, down to the atomic scale, of Advanced Materials analysed under working conditions/in-situ/operando, and under selected gas or liquid conditions.

Main Tasks and responsibilities:
The hired postdoc will work with the new in-situ STEM equipment at the ALBA Synchrotron. The main tasks will be:
1) Work on the already existing advanced STEM and FIB equipment for the analysis of energy nanomaterials for catalysis and energy applications.
2) Design in-situ experiments with the available gas and liquid TEM sample holders.
3) Train students and other researchers on in-situ (S)TEM.
4) Carry out in-situ experiments from the project partners materials and samples.


• Education: PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Nanotechnology or equivalent
• Knowledge and experience: Experience related to (S)TEM, EM related spectroscopies and in-situ techniques (use of gas and/or liquid, bias and heating STEM sample holders).
• Personal Competences: Proficiency in English, and demonstrated skills in oral and written communication

Summary of conditions:

• Full time work (37,5h/week)
• Contract Length: Temporary (20 months)
• Location: Bellaterra (Barcelona)
• Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
• Support to the relocation issues.
• Life Insurance.
Estimated Incorporation date: as soon as possible
How to apply:
All applications must be made via the ICN2 website and include the following:
1. A cover letter.
2. A full CV including contact details.
3. 2 Reference letters or referee contacts.
Equal opportunities:
ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

ICN2 is following the procedure for contract of people with disabilities according with article 59 of the Royal Decree 1/2015, of 30 of October.

“Financiado por el MCIN con fondos de la Unión Europea-NextGenerationEU(PRTR-C17.I1) y por la Generalitat de Catalunya”
Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia – Financiado por la Unión Europea – NextGenerationEU.
Este contrato está financiado por el Mecanismo de Recuperación y Resiliencia de la Unión europea, establecido por el Reglamento (UE) 2020/2094 del Consejo, de 14 de diciembre de 2020, por el que se establece un Instrumento de Recuperación de la Unión Europea para apoyar la recuperación tras la crisis de la COVID-19, y regulado según Reglamento (UE) 2021/241 del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo de 12 de febrero de 2021 por el que se establece el Mecanismo de Recuperación y Resiliencia, y quedará sometido a la totalidad de la normativa reguladora del Mecanismo de Recuperación y Resiliencia.
Se enmarca en la implementación de los Planes Complementarios de I+D+I con las comunidades autónomas, que forman parte del componente 17 del Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia, denominado “Reforma institucional y fortalecimiento de las capacidades del Sistema Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación”, en concreto en el SUBPROYECTO DE I+D “INSTALACIÓN CORRELATIVA IN-SITU PARA MATERIALES AVANZADOS PARA ENERGÍA (In-CAEM)” DEL PLAN COMPLEMENTARIO EN EL ÁREA DE MATERIALES AVANZADOS como parte de actuaciones del programa de Materiales Avanzados “Materials amb funcionalitats avançades per a la nova transformació tecnològica”, correspondientes a la comunidad autónoma de Cataluña, gestionado a través del Departament de Recerca i Universitats de la Generalitat de Catalunya.