The Energy Technologies Laboratory at NICPB is hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher

Salary: From €31200 to 43200 per annum, subject to skills and experience

Job title: Postdoctoral Researcher in the Energy Technologies Laboratory

Contract term: Full time employment, 1 year minimum with the option to extend.


The Energy Technologies Laboratory (ETL) at the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics is offering a Postdoctoral position centred around the rational design of carbon nanomaterials via molten salt electrolysis and synthesis scale-up starting from December 2023. The work at this position focuses on unravelling synthesis-structure-property correlations via electrochemical methods, physical characterization and scaling up the synthesis of doped carbon nanomaterials.


The National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (NICPB) in Tallinn, Estonia is an independent research institute, which carries out basic and applied research in materials science, genetic engineering and biotechnology, environmental technology, in the field of particle physics and informatics, employing researchers from all over the world. The Energy Technologies Laboratory (ETL) at NICPB focuses on furthering fundamental understanding of electrochemical processes both at low and high temperatures, recycling of Li-ion batteries and developing novel functional materials with a minimal CO2 equivalent. Key aspects of the research at ETL include the synthesis of carbon nanomaterials from CO2 and biomass, battery recycling and advanced electrochemical testing, physical characterization and production scale-up. Our core aim is to replace the high CO2 equivalent carbon materials in fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors with sustainable alternatives.


The postdoctoral position will initially be limited to 12 months, with an option to extend the contract.

This position will offer the unique opportunity to work in a solid team that combines experience in the research of carbon nanomaterials synthesis with a strong background in electrochemistry with ample opportunities to publish and a chance to make real impact on the levels of CO2 in our atmosphere.


The candidates are expected to have:

  • A doctoral or equivalent degree in natural sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, or Chemical Engineering) preferably with a specialization in electrochemistry.
  • Experience in the physical characterization of carbon materials.
  • Prior knowledge of electrochemical processes such as the oxygen reduction reaction, hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction.
  • Experience in working with molten salts is preferred.
  • Proven track record of independently designing experiments and/or instrumentation.
  • A proven ability to be primarily responsible for writing publications.
  • Excellent level of English and a collaborative spirit

Documents required:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies (translated into English if the original documents have not been issued in English).
  • Names and email addresses of three references

For applying or more information, please contact:


Dr. Sander Ratso


Energy Technologies Laboratory

National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics

Akadeemia tee 23

Tallinn 12618


KBFI is going to participate in the 1.5 million R&D grant in muon tomography from the Estonian Business and Innovation Agency

We are happy to announce that a joint R&D project in muon tomography between KBFI and the tech company GScan OÜ is granted with 1.5 million euros. The project title is ‘Parcel and luggage scanner based on natural atmospheric radiation’ (project no 2014- 2020.4.02.22-0411) and the time period from Sept 20, 2021 to Dec 31, 2023.

In the project, GScan will develop a fully automatic system based on natural atmospheric radiation tomograph. The device is intended for use in customs and security systems: luggage, scanning people, cars, containers, etc. Technology detects objects atomic composition and automatically signals explosives, drugs,  prohibited, dangerous or undeclared goods. KBFI researches and develops the tomography and reconstruction algorithms and detector technology.

The project aims to further develop existing technology in order to reduce the cost of the tomograph. The project will be further developed detector technology, signal processing electronics and reconstruction algorithms, as the most important factors influencing the cost of the device. During the project a prototype based on the new technology is completed and pilot measurements are carried out at the end consumer. The cost of the technology is estimated on the basis of the created prototype reduction compared to the current situation.

The project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund with €1 468 500. GScan is financed with €1 332 000 and KBFI is financed with €136 500.