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Grenzflächenwissenschaft
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Grenzflächenwissenschaft) offers a
  

PhD-Student (f/m/d)

position(s).

PhD-Student (f/m/d) "In-situ nanoscale characterization of catalytic materials"

The Helmholtz research group “Nanoscale Operando CO2 Photo-Electrocatalysis” headed by Dr. Christopher Kley at the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy and the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Department of Interface Science (Prof. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya) focuses on material synthesis and nanoscale understanding of solid / liquid interfaces for applications in catalysis and energy conversion.

Position
To date, progress toward rational design of catalysts and photomaterials is hampered by deficient knowledge of nanoscale dynamic materials properties and structure-property relationships under reaction conditions. We offer a full-time PhD-student to work on the in-situ characterization of electro- and photoelectrocatalytic materials employing atomic force microscopy (AFM) in the liquid phase. Cutting edge AFM based methods will be applied to decipher the local morphological and electronic material proterties under reaction conditions. These studies will be combined with catalytic reactivity and spectroelectrochemical investigations to elucidate nanoscale structure-property relationships and charge-transport phenomena at solid-liquid interfaces. In a synergistic manner, it is anticipated to translate key findings into novel strategies for designing advanced catalytic materials.

Required
• Master degree in chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, material science, or chemical engineering
• Good written an oral comunication skills in English.

Preferred
• Highly motivated, detail- and goal-oriented with excellent problem solving skills in a multi-dsciplinary team
• Good data collection, analysis, and presentation skills
• Knowledge about organic / inorganic material synthesis, electrochemistry, or nanoscale characterization methods.

What we offer
• Highly stimulating interdisciplinary environment with unique access to state-of-the-art synthesis and characterization tools, cutting edge research facilities and collaborations both at HZB and FHI
• Work place at the Fritz Haber Institute located in the quiet south-west of Germany's capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city offering a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities
• Fixed term contract for 36 months . The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

Your application
Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae listing education, research experience, and publications, a statement on their motivation for joining the group and their career objective (max. 1 page), copies of academic transcripts, and names and contacts of two references. We particularly welcome applications from women. Preference will be given to handicapped applicants provided equal suitability.

How to apply
We look forward to receiving your application (via our application management system (https://recruitingapp-5181.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/1023/Description/2?lang=eng)) by 31.10.2019. For reasons of data protection regulations, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications that reach us by email or by mail in the application process.

Grenzflächenwissenschaft
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Grenzflächenwissenschaft) offers a
  1 Postdoctoral and 1 PhD position
position(s).

The Department of Interface Science (https://isc.fhi-berlin.mpg.de) headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya at the Fritz-Haber-Institute carries out cutting-edge research on advanced functional materials with applications in heterogeneous catalysis, energy conversion and electrochemistry. By combining unique synthesis methods, state-of-the art tools for experimental characterization and advanced approaches to data analysis, atomistic details of thermal catalysis and electrochemical reactions at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces are revealed. In particular, structure-reactivity correlations on nanostructured materials can be established, paving the way for the rational design of novel catalytic materials.

The Department of Interface Science at the Fritz-Haber-Institut offers

1 Postdoctoral and 1 PhD position

PROJECT

Probing the structure of advanced materials for thermal and electrocatalysis using synchrotron radiation
Synchrotron radiation facilities are powerful X-ray sources that can host numerous experimental techniques, such as X-ray spectroscopies, scattering and imaging. Unique features of synchrotron radiation, including high intensity and broad energy spectrum, make these sources ideally suited for in situ and operando investigations of advanced materials. A central aspect of this project is the application and development of complimentary synchrotron radiation techniques (X-ray absorption spectroscopy, high-energy X-ray diffraction coupled with pair distribution function analysis, small-angle X-ray scattering) that provide information about the transformations of the catalyst structure and composition on different length scales under catalytically relevant conditions.

The PostDoc position is initially limited to two years with the option for an extension. The PhD position is typically for three years.

REQUIREMENTS

For PostDoc applicant:
PhD degree in physics, chemistry, material science or related field. Experience with synchrotron-based techniques (X-ray absorption spectroscopy, high-energy X-ray diffraction coupled with pair distribution function analysis or small-angle X-ray scattering) is required. Good language and communication skills in English are needed. Basic programming skills and experience and interest in data analysis and data science would be profitable.

For PhD applicant:
Master degree in physics, chemistry, material science or related field. Previous experience with synchrotron-based techniques (X-ray absorption spectroscopy, high-energy X-ray diffraction coupled with pair distribution function analysis or small-angle X-ray scattering) would be beneficial but not mandatory. Good language and communication skills in English are needed. Basic programming skills and experience and/or interest in data analysis and data science would be profitable.

YOUR APPLICATION

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, list of publications, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three references by email as PDF files to the Group Leader Dr. Janis Timoshenko (janis@fhi-berlin.mpg.de). Applications will be accepted from immediately until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Send your application as soon as possible by email to janis@fhi-berlin.mpg.de but latest by November 01, 2019

MAX PLANCK SOCIETY

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.

BERLIN

The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) is located in the quiet south-west of Gemany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

Grenzflächenwissenschaft
The Fritz-Haber-Institut (Grenzflächenwissenschaft) offers a
  1 PhD Position
position(s).

The topic of the project is the investigation of catalytic processes occurring on surfaces of thin film catalyst models. Such models mimic relevant aspects of a real world catalysts, but have a reduced complexity. In contrast, real world catalysts are very complex. This often prohibits to understand catalytic processes in detail, while this is more easily possible for catalyst models. Central aspects of the project are the development of thin film preparation recipes and the study of reactions at the surfaces. Several surface-sensitive experimental methods will be applied under vacuum conditions and at elevated pressures.

The PhD position is limited to three years.

REQUIREMENTS

The applicants should hold excellent degrees in physics or chemistry. Experience in vacuum technology and methods for surface investigations would be profitable.

YOUR APPLICATION

Your application should include
• a CV focusing on scientific aspects of your career.
• a motivation letter explaining why you apply for this position (one page at most).
• a list of publications.
• copies of academic certificates.
• names and email addresses of two referees.

Send your application by email to kuhlenbeck@fhi-berlin.mpg.de .

For more information please contact

Dr. Helmut Kuhlenbeck
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin
Germany

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.

BERLIN

The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) is located in the quiet south-west of Gemany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

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

2 PhD Positions

The Department of Interface Science headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya at the Fritz-Haber-Institute is focused on the understanding of chemical reactions at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces of nanostructures for applications in the field of catalysis. The aim is to fully explore physico-chemical properties of highly controllable atomic surface structures.

We are currently looking for two PhD students to support our Scanning Probe Microscopy group activities. The group has a long standing expertise in this research field. Two fully equipped and operational low temperature scanning probe microscopes are available for two independent projects. The following research topics are examples of the investigations that will be undertaken.

“Inelastic Tunneling Spectroscopy of Small Molecules Bound to Metal Supports”

In the efforts to understand essential processes in heterogeneous catalysis, the activation of small, inert molecules like CO2 constitute a long standing challenge. This project aims to address this at the single molecule level.

Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is a technique capable of investigating the local structure, chemical fingerprints as well as identifying the intermediate steps involved in chemical reactions at surfaces. Here, we propose to study the detailed reaction mechanism and steps involved in the activation of small molecules interacting with various surface species by STM-IETS. The project is focused on the analysis of different sample systems as well as to conduct methodological development.

“Identification of Subsurface Oxygen Interacting with CO2 on Metal Single Crystals”

The second project makes use of a broader range of surface science methods connected to one of our low temperature scanning probe microscopes. The goal is to combine low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) as well as its versatile spectroscopy modes together with standard Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD) surface science methods on the same materials system.

Here we plan to specifically focus on the activation process of CO2 in the presence of oxygen species. It triggers the formation of new surface structures, modifying the chemical reactivity and atomic density. The creation, characterization and promotion of subsurface oxygen species as well as intermediates in the context of CO2 activation are planned.

REQUIREMENTS

A master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or another appropriate field related to physical chemistry and/or surface science. Expertise with at least two, and preferably more, of the following would be valued:
(1) scanning probe microscopy techniques, (2) skills with ultra‐high vacuum technology, (3) knowledge in 2D materials and surface physics, (4) background in electronics, (5) software development and/or (6) practical skill. We expect a high degree of commitment, independence, initiative, good language and communication skills in English.

YOUR APPLICATION

Send a cover letter with information about your master thesis and possible experiences with SPM, a Curriculum Vitae, and two contact references to Markus Heyde (heyde@fhi-berlin.mpg.de).

Closing date: Applications will be accepted from immediately until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.

BERLIN

The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) is located in the quiet south-west of Gemany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.



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