Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft  

Department of Inorganic Chemistry
  

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Director:
Prof. Robert Schlögl
 
Research Groups:
Reactivity
Electronic Structure
Electrochemistry
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.
 
Young scientists, graduate students and Post-Docs may join our group at any time.
Applications are particularly invited for two

Postdoctoral positions
 
1. Raman spectroscopy

Your tasks:
The research involves studies of nanostructured solids by Raman spectroscopy applying varying excitation wavelengths. The materials of interest are oxides and metal nanoparticles used in heterogeneous catalysis and energy-related applications. A joint characteristic feature of efficient materials is the formation of a thin surface layer in the dimension of a few nanometers or the re-structuring of metal nanoparticles under the conditions of the application. The aim of the project is to determine the surface structure at an atomistic level by combining resonance Raman spectroscopy and theory. Complementary spectroscopic techniques, like UV-vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy should also be applied. The measurements will be performed under operation usually in gas-phase reactions at elevated temperatures. The functionality is proven by gas chromatography or mass spectrometry of the reaction products formed. Isotope exchange experiments will be used to support assignments of spectroscopic features.

The candidate will be involved in the collaboration of the Fritz-Haber-Institut with the UniCat BASF JointLab at the Technical University Berlin within the framework of the project “Selective oxidation of alkanes”.
Your profile:
The eligible candidate is highly motivated, ambitious, works independently and well in a team. Effective communication and writing skills are essential. A sound background in physical chemistry or chemical physics is required. Experiences in in-situ spectroscopy and DFT calculations are essential. The candidate should hold a PhD in chemistry or physics.
We offer:
The postdoctoral position will be for 2 years with the option on extension and the opportunity for further qualification.

The Department of Inorganic Chemistry provides a stimulating, international research environment for attainment of advanced 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 curriculum vitae, list of publications, a description of research interest/plan, and the names and addresses of two referees to Annette Trunschke  ... ›› using the code word “rRaman” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience.
 
2. Analysis of the electronic structure of functional materials

Your tasks:
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to gather experiences in a field of increasing technological importance. The replacement of crude oil as the today’s dominating chemical feedstock by natural gas and renewable resources will lead to changes in the essentially olefin-based petrochemical processes in the near future. The direct functionalization of short-chain alkanes appears to be an attractive, but scientifically challenging alternative for the production of chemical intermediates based on natural gas. High selectivity in partial oxidation reactions contribute to improved utilization of natural resources, and to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

The project is aimed at a deeper understanding of relations between electronic structure of bulk and surface of crystalline, nano-structured materials and their catalytic properties by applying contact-free measurements of the electrical conductivity using the microwave cavity perturbation technique and Hall effect measurements, in-situ EPR spectroscopy, and photoemission/X-ray absorption spectroscopy using synchrotron sources.

The acquired knowledge will be used to develop advanced stategies to generate more active and selective catalysts for partial oxidation of C1-C4 alkanes.

The candidate will be involved in the collaboration of the Fritz-Haber-Institut with the UniCat BASF JointLab at the Technical University Berlin within the framework of the project “Selective oxidation of alkanes”.
Your profile:
We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with conceptual 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 heterogeneous catalysis is advantageous.
We offer:
The postdoctoral position will be for 2 years with the option on extension and the opportunity for further qualification.

The Department of Inorganic Chemistry provides a stimulating, international research environment for attainment of advanced 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 curriculum vitae, list of publications, a description of research interest/plan, and the names and addresses of two referees to Annette Trunschke  ... ›› using the code word “Conductivity” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience.

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