CLOSED | Research Fellow – Synthesis of catalytic covalent organic frameworks at INL

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory is looking for a Research Fellow to perform research under the COFforH2 project. The research will be focused on the synthesis of covalent organic frameworks and their evaluation as artificial enzymes for H2 activation. The research will entail precise synthesis of highly crystalline covalent organic frameworks and building blocks thereof and their full characterization. This research will be complemented by collaborations and interactions with scientists on electron microscopy and other characterization methods across INL, as well as on evaluation of catalytic activity with the group of Prof. Michael Rose at UT Austin.


  • Synthesis and characterization of organic building blocks;
  • Synthesis of covalent organic frameworks;
  • Characterization of the materials.

Required qualifications:

a) Hold an academic degree (Master degree or equivalent) in any of the following areas: Chemistry, Materials Science, or similar;

b) Be enrolled in a PhD programme or in a diploma offered by a higher education institution;

c) Be a Portuguese citizen, a European Union citizen or a non-European Union Citizen residing in Portugal;

d)  Expertise and/or knowledge in

  • Chemistry, Materials Science, or related;
  • Background in chemistry, knowledge of organic chemistry;
  • Hands-on experience in organic synthesis, purification techniques of organic molecules (extraction, chromatography), and their characterization (NMR, IR);
  • Experience with materials characterization techniques will be positively evaluated (XRD, porosimetry, SEM);
  • Project and time management skills and capability to meet deadlines;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Great interaction and communicating skills;
  • Literature and patent searching skills;
  • Knowledge of lab safety;

e)     Fluency in English is required.

Work plan: The work plan will be developed at the INL within the Nanochemistry Group under the scientific guidance of Dr. Laura Salonen.

Closing date for applications: November 13, 2020 23:00 WEST (Western European Summer Time).

For more information and how to apply, visit this website.