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Open PhD Position at ICMAB: Development of an Automated Laboratory of Accelerated Molecular Synthesis

Deadline: Aug 25, 2022

The candidate will work in the framework of the ERC project “Photo Thermal Management Materials (PHOTHERM)”.

27 June 2022

This project seeks to fundamentally change how we generate heating and cooling by developing a new class of materials that capture, store, and release both solar and ambient heat. These solar thermal management materials are a unique combination of molecular photo-switches that capture and store solar energy, so-called MOST systems, that together with phase change materials (PCM) can contribute to thermal management

A major part of the project is to develop devices for studying the new materials and to establish an automated laboratory for accelerated molecular and materials synthesis.

In particular, the candidate will be in charge of developing the automated chemistry platform. This experimental platform will combine flow chemistry systems, analysis and work up

Hence, the focus of the candidate’s research will be on device design, automation, and programming, together with the team members that are developing synthesis tools and new materials.

The Supramolecular Nanomaterials group, has a broad expertise on the design, synthesis and characterization of molecular solar thermal systems (MOST), and recent publications from the group are e.g. Chem. Sci., 2022, 13, 834, Joule 5 (12), 3116-3136 (2021), Accounts of Chemical Research, 2020, 53, 8, 1478–1487, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 28, 12256–12264, Energy and Environmental Science, 2019,12, 187-193, Nature Communications 2018, 9:1945, Energy and Environmental Science 2017, 10, 728-734.

This is a multidisciplinary and transversal project and the candidate will be part of a team formed by several researchers. Mobility between Barcelona (Spain) and Gothenburg (Sweden) may be integrated in the project.

Main tasks of the candidate

  1. Develop and Design devices for molecular testing and discovery
  2. Contribute to the Development of an Automated Chemical Laboratory that will combine the function of several commercially available synthesis tools into one functional unit.


The fellow should have an internationally recognized Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (Chemistry, Physics, Engineering).

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in automation, programming (specifically Python/Labview) and chemical engineering. Knowledge of automation, Labview, Python and flow chemistry is a merit. Knowledge of modelling of molecular systems is also a merit.

Details of the position

Contract (full time) duration for three years.
Tentative Starting date: negotiable.
Further information (contact person): Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

How to apply

Submit the following application documents to group administrator Eulalia Pujades, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Resume or CV including a list of publications
  • Motivation Letter
  • Statement of the applicant’s research experience
  • List of three references with contact details
  • Please mention position “PhD ERC 2 KMP group” in the email title

Closing date for application: The recruitment process will be closed on 25 August 2022 or when a suitable candidate is found.

About Sustainable Molecular Systems Group

The Sustainable Molecular Systems Group group at ICMAB is using modern synthesis tools to develop new materials for energy storage, energy upconversion, solar energy, sensors and molecular electronics. We also build demonstration devices to illustrate the function of our new materials. The group is interdisciplinary and focus in addition to traditional organic synthesis on development of advanced flow chemistry tools, lab automation, devices for thermal energy storage materials and photoconversion. The group is supported by the European Research Council (ERC), the Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies (ICREA), la-Caixa Foundation, the European Union and ICMAB through the Severo Ochoa excellence project.

We value a diverse and inclusive work environment where all team members have excellent opportunities for learning and contributing.  

For more information, please visit the Kasper Moth-Poulsen Research Group.


The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) is a multidisciplinary research center focused on cutting-edge research in functional advanced materials in the fields of ENERGY, ELECTRONICS, NANOMEDICINE and application fields yet to imagine.

The ICMAB is integrated within the Barcelona Nanocluster in Bellaterra (BNC-b), a research network that includes the UAB, the CSIC (ICMAB, IMB-CNM and ICN2) and IRTA, part of the UAB Research Park of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (PRUAB) and the ALBA Synchrotron. The BNC-b aims to share advanced scientific equipment and promote and disseminate nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The ICMAB offers a complete range of scientific services, including a 10,000 class cleanroom (the Nanoquim Platform) that are open to interested parties, whether these are academic or from industry, and it participates in all kinds of educational and promotional activities. Many ICMAB researchers teach at the UAB Master's degree in Nanotechnology and Materials Science and also on the UAB degree on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

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