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Anorganische Chemie
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Anorganische Chemie) offers a
  PhD position
position(s).

The Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the Fritz Haber Institute offers a

PhD position for the study of perimeter effects of bimetallic nanocatalyst systems by means of chemical electron microscopy

Within the interdisciplinary cluster of excellence “UniSysCat” (Unifying Systems in Catalysis), the local geometric and electronic structure of coupled catalytic systems will be investigated in order to understand the relation between structure and function.

The successful candidate will perform chemical electron microscopy to conclude on perimeter and structure in bimetallic nanocatalyst systems. The investigations will include quasi in-situ electron microscopy of the chosen system where the corresponding catalytic reaction is performed in a TEM-grid reactor. By combining the outcome of this work with the results of complementary techniques of the participating institutions, an improved understanding of coupled catalytic systems will be generated.

Your profile: We are looking for an excellent, highly motivated scientist to join our team. Required qualifications include a successfully completed university degree (Master, Diploma or equivalent) in chemistry, physics or materials science. A background in heterogeneous catalysis and/or experience with transmission electron microscopy is advantageous..

We offer: The PhD position will be for 3 years with a salary corresponding to 50% of E13 TVöD and the possibility of a recruitment bonus up to 20%. The Department of Inorganic Chemistry and its collaboration partners within the cluster of excellence “UniSysCat” provide a stimulating and international research environment. Berlin is a large, cosmopolitan and tolerant city that offers a wide variety of culture, art, music and outdoor opportunities.

Your application: Please send your application documents including curriculum vitae, publication list, a short description of your previous research and the names and addresses of two referees by the 1st of February 2019 using the reference “UniSysCat” in the subject heading to

Dr. Walid Hetaba
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin
e-mail: hetaba@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
phone: +49 30 8413 4412

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.
We handle applications electronically, observing the German data privacy laws. By sending the application, the applicant declares his or her consent.

Anorganische Chemie
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Anorganische Chemie) offers a
  Postdoctoral position
position(s).

Kinetic and spectroscopic investigations in selective dehydrogenation

Your tasks: The project deals with direct functionalization of hydrocarbon molecules applying supported metal nanoparticles as catalysts. The successful candidate will study the kinetics of selective dehydrogenation and functionalization reactions over bimetallic catalysts and perform or coordinate the functional characterization of the catalysts applying a combination of techniques including photoelectron spectroscopy at synchrotron sources and electron microscopy. The work is aimed at a deeper understanding of metal-promoter-support interactions in heterogeneous catalysis.

The activities are involved in the collaboration of the Fritz-Haber-Institut with the UniSysCat - BASF - JointLab at the Technical University Berlin.

Your profile: We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with conceptual skills, who can work independently. Required qualifications include a PhD in chemistry or chemical engineering. A strong proven research background in kinetics and 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 e-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

Dr. Annette Trunschke
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin
e-mail: trunschke@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
phone: +49 30 8413 4457

using the code word “Kin-B” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience, but not later than 25th January 2019.

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.
We handle applications electronically, observing the German data privacy laws. By sending the application, the applicant declares his or her consent.

Anorganische Chemie
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Anorganische Chemie) offers a
  Postdoctoral position
position(s).

Operando optical and EPR spectroscopy

Your tasks: The research involves studies of nano-structured solids by Raman spectroscopy applying varying excitation wavelengths in combination with EPR, UV-vis-NIR and fluorescence spectroscopy. The materials of interest are oxides and metal nanoparticles used in heterogeneous catalysis and energy-related applications. The aim of the project is to determine the surface structure of the catalysts at an atomistic level. The spectroscopic measurements will be performed under operation usually in gas-phase reactions at elevated temperatures. The functionality will be 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 project is involved in the collaboration of the Fritz-Haber-Institut with the UniSysCat - BASF - JointLab at the Technical University Berlin.

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 advantageous. 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 e-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

Dr. Annette Trunschke
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin
e-mail: trunschke@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
phone: +49 30 8413 4457

using the code word “Raman-EPR” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience, but not later than 25th January 2019.

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.
We handle applications electronically, observing the German data privacy laws. By sending the application, the applicant declares his or her consent.

Anorganische Chemie
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Anorganische Chemie) offers a
  Postdoctoral position
position(s).

Synthesis of supported metal nanoparticles

Your tasks: The project deals with direct functionalization of hydrocarbon molecules applying supported metal nanoparticles as catalysts. The successful candidate will develop synthetic techniques to prepare supported bimetallic particles with the target to stabilize different nano-structures on the surface of oxide supports characterized by high dispersion and homogeneity. The work is aimed at a deeper understanding of metal-promoter-support interactions in heterogeneous catalysis.

The activities are involved in the collaboration of the Fritz-Haber-Institut with the UniSysCat - BASF - JointLab at the Technical University Berlin.

Your profile: We are looking for a talented inorganic chemist with conceptual skills, who can work independently, and systematically. Required qualification includes a PhD in chemistry or materials science. A strong proven research background in inorganic chemistry and 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 e-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

Dr. Annette Trunschke
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin
e-mail: trunschke@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
phone: +49 30 8413 4457

using the code word “Syn-B” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience, but not later than 25th January 2019.

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.
We handle applications electronically, observing the German data privacy laws. By sending the application, the applicant declares his or her consent.

Anorganische Chemie
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Anorganische Chemie) offers a
  Postdoctoral position
position(s).

Solvothermal synthesis of oxides

Your tasks: Complex mixed oxides are applied as catalysts in the functionalization of hydrocarbons with molecular oxygen. High selectivity in partial oxidation reactions contributes to improved utilization of natural resources, and to the reduction of CO2 emissions. The synthesis of the catalyst has a strong impact on catalyst performance.

In the project new synthesis strategies will be developed with the aim to prepare nano-structured mixed oxides with desired functional properties. Important materials’ requirements are phase purity and homogeneity. Solvothermal synthesis will be applied in batch or continuous mode. Our autoclaves are equipped with a number of probes and ports, which allow monitoring and control of the inorganic reaction in the autoclave. Other techniques of synthetic inorganic chemistry can also be applied.

The activities are involved in the collaboration of the Fritz-Haber-Institut with the UniSysCat - BASF - JointLab at the Technical University Berlin.

Your profile: We are looking for a highly motivated, creative inorganic chemist, who can work independently, and is able to adopt new methods, for example spectroscopic techniques and advanced methods of data analysis, quickly. Required qualifications include a PhD in chemistry or materials science. A strong proven research background in inorganic chemistry and 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 e-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

Dr. Annette Trunschke
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin
e-mail: trunschke@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
phone: +49 30 8413 4457

using the code word “Syn-Ox” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience, but not later than 25th January 2019.

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.
We handle applications electronically, observing the German data privacy laws. By sending the application, the applicant declares his or her consent.

Anorganische Chemie
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Anorganische Chemie) offers a
  Research Position
position(s).

Kinetic investigations in selective oxidation

Your tasks: The project deals with the oxidation of short-chain alkanes over transition metal oxide catalysts. The catalysts will be tested in a broad parameter field in parallel reactors. The task includes design of experiments, testing and kinetic analysis.

The activities are involved in the collaboration of the Fritz-Haber-Institut with the UniSysCat - BASF - JointLab at the Technical University Berlin.

Your profile: We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher or chemical engineer, who can work independently, systematically and well in a team. Effective communication skills are important. Required qualification includes a degree in chemistry or chemical engineering. A strong proven research background in kinetics and heterogeneous catalysis is advantageous.

We offer: The 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 e-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

Dr. Annette Trunschke
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin
e-mail: trunschke@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
phone: +49 30 8413 4457

using the code word “Kin-Ox” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience, but not later than 25th January 2019.

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.
We handle applications electronically, observing the German data privacy laws. By sending the application, the applicant declares his or her consent.



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