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 Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the Fritz-Haber-Institut (FHI) der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin offers a

Ph.D. Position

in the field of heterogeneous catalysis over supported thin oxide films.
Your tasks:
The project aims at an understanding of relations between particle size, metal-support interaction, and reactivity in oxidation catalysis over supported thin oxide films. The work will involve preparation and modification of supported catalysts by application of a wide variety of synthetic techniques including for example spreading, impregnation, grafting and ALD/CVD. Active-phase-support interactions will be studied by using complementary physico-chemical and spectroscopic methods in cooperation with specialists at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and external collaboration partners. The catalysts will be studied in oxidation reactions of small alkane molecules, olefins and alcohols.

The Ph.D. student will be involved in the collaboration of the FHI with the UniCat BASF JointLab at the Technical University Berlin.
Your profile:
The applicant is a team player who is interested to work in a multidisciplinary field. Background in synthetic inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, or related fields is important. A university degree in chemistry is required.
We offer:
The Ph.D. position is immediately available. You will work in the group “Reactivity”. See  ... ›› for further information. The Department of Inorganic Chemistry provides a stimulating, international research environment for obtaining further academic qualification. Berlin is a large, cosmopolitan and tolerant city that offers you a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

Your application:
Please mail your application documents including

  • an application letter stating your motivation in this work
  • a detailed CV
  • a copy of the masters/diploma certificate (including grades)
  • two names of possible reviewers, and
  • a publication list

to Annette Trunschke  ... ›› using the code word “SLcat” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience.

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