Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft  

Department of Inorganic Chemistry

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Prof. Robert Schlögl
Research Groups:
Electronic Structure
Electron Microscopy

  Open Positions:  
  Functional Interfaces in Physics and Chemistry

Complex Surfaces in Materials Science
FHI is one of the leading german Institutes in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, experiencing also an excellent international reputation. The department of Inorganic Chemistry offers opportunities for research work necessary to obtain a diploma or doctoral degree in chemistry or physics. The degree can be obtained in collaboration with the Berlin Universities.
We offer:
  • above standard advise due to small groups (up to 10 people)
  • a high number of analytical techniques, applied at a high level (state of the art equipment combined with the according know-how)
  • technical support by technicians and engineers
  • collaboration with academic research institutions and industry
  • scientific and cultural exchange with domestic and foreign guests and co-workers
  • opportunities to participate in conferences
  • 3-year financial support for doctoral students (the degree can usually be finished within this period of time)
  • an interesting environment in the exciting capital of Germany
The successful candidate ...

... is highly motivated and interested in science, willing to work in a team as well as at a high level of independence, and willing to take over responsibility. A diploma degree is required to be accepted in the doctoral program. It is highly recommended that foreign students inform themselves on the policy of the universities with degrees from their country and the acceptance of their particular degree. Currently open positions are listed below. Resumés are accepted ANY TIME. Questions, also regarding positions other than diploma/doctoral student (e.g. postdoc, trainee), are welcome anytime - please refer to the phone number and email addresses of the group supervisors.
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Anorganische Chemie)
offers a postdoctoral position for operando electron microscopy and spectroscopy to study functional materials related to energy conversion under working conditions.
Your tasks:
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to independently operate state-of-the-art aberration corrected transmission electron microscopes (TEM) that can be equipped with dedicated in situ TEM holders in order to unravel the structural complexity of materials related to energy conversion under relevant conditions. The portfolio of applied operando techniques can further be extended by X-ray spectroscopy. The outcome of this research will directly contribute to a novel, sound understanding of the structure-activity relationship of such materials.
Your profile:
We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with conceptual and social skills, who can work independently and is able to adopt new methods quickly. Required qualifications include a PhD in chemistry, materials science, or physics. A strong proven research background in aberration corrected TEM microscopy as well as the handling of state-of-the-art in situ cells for TEM is mandatory. In addition, the applicant is experienced in setting up analytical tools. Knowledge in heterogeneous catalysis or electrochemistry can be advantageous.
We offer:
The postdoctoral position will be for 2 years with the option on extension. The Department of Inorganic Chemistry and its close relation to BESSY II provide a stimulating, international research environment for attainment of advanced academic qualification in modern science and technology. Berlin is a large, cosmopolitan and tolerant city that offers you a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities. The project is situated within the framework of the excellence initiative “e-conversion” of the TU Munich.
Your application:
Please mail your application documents including curriculum vitae, list of publications, a description of research interest/plan, and the names and addresses of two referees by the 30rd of April to
Dr. Thomas Lunkenbein
Fritz-Haber Institut der Max-Planck Gesellschaft
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin
phone: +49-(0)30-8413-4499

using the code word “operando investigation” in the subject heading

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The Max Planck Society aims to increase the participation of women in research. Therefore, applications by women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals are especially encouraged to apply. These applicants will be given priority in the case of same qualifications.

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