Group Leader (f/m)

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry - Department of Dynamics at Surfaces
The payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines.
August 24 2017
Code Number 35-17
Organization Type

The department “Dynamics at Surfaces” (Prof. Dr. Alec M. Wodtke) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is looking to appoint a

Group Leader (f/m)

(Code Number 35-17)

The aim of the department is to gain a detailed understanding of the elementary processes relevant to surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis. Theoretical understanding of surface chemistry will eventually become a tool to design new chemical technology including: heterogeneous (photo) catalysts, photovoltaics, fuel cells etc. To reach this goal, we require advances in theories of atomic and molecular interactions at interfaces. Applying cutting-edge laser, molecular beam, and ultrahigh vacuum technology to design well-defined experiments, our dept. strives to provide benchmark measurements which set standards for the next generation of theoretical advance.

The successful candidate will build up and lead a new cooperative research group located at the Dalian Coherent Light Source and be jointly mentored by Prof.’s Alec M. Wodtke and Xueming Yang. A new surface science end-station will be used together with the newly commissioned free electron laser to carry out surface scatter-ing experiments with electronically state-selected atomic beams with tunable translational energy. The group will benefit from 20 % of the DCLS beam time. It is envisioned that the group will rapidly grow to include 4 - 5 experimental PhD students and one post-doctoral scientist. Fruitful interplay with members of the dept.’s theoretical group is envisioned.

Potential candidates should hold a PhD degree in chemistry, physical chemistry, physics or a related subject. Post-doctoral experience is advantageous as experience in working with high power short-pulse lasers, free electron lasers, optics, programming and vacuum technologies.

The full-time position starts not later than January 1st 2018 and is limited up to five years. The payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please send your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, publication list, transcript of records, contact names and addresses of two to four referees familiar with the work of the candidate preferably via e-mail as single PDF file with reference to the code number to

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Department of Dynamics at Surfaces

Prof. Dr. Alec M. Wodtke
Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen