Postdoctoral Research Scientist (f/m/d)

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Berlin, Germany
June 27 2019
EE 2019/24
Dr. Christopher Kley
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) operates two large facilities for materials research: the neutron source BER II and the synchro­tron source BESSY II, which provide deep insights into the structure of materials and the processes within complex systems. Other important focuses of HZB research are thin film photovoltaics and solar fuels. Each year around 3,000 scien­tists use the HZB infrastructure facilities.

The Young Investigator Group Nanoscale Operando CO2 Photo-Electrocatalysis is looking for a

Postdoctoral Research Scientist (f/m/d) "In-situ nanoscale functional mapping of energy conversion materials"

Reference No.: EE 2019/24

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.


We offer a full-time postdoctoral researcher to work on the characterization of novel electro- and photoelectrocatalytic materials employing high spatiotemporal resolution atomic force microscopy under reaction conditions in liquid phase. Upon adapting existing cutting-edge AFM methodologies and protocols, the morphological and electronic properties of selected materials will be investigated in-situ / operando under external stimuli. Combined with advanced spectroscopic characterization tools and catalytic reactivity studies, nanoscale structure-property relationships at solid-liquid interfaces will be derived to guide the rational design of catalytic materials.

Your Profile


  • PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or appropriate field related to surface science and / or physical chemistry.
  • Proven expertise in environmental atomic force microscopy (e.g. c-AFM, KPFM or electrochemical AFM) or electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy and data analysis.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.


  • Self-motivated, detail- and goal-oriented with excellent problem solving skills in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Good data collection, analysis, and presentation skills.
  • Proven track record with scanning probe high-resolution imaging in liquids.
  • Knowledge about electrochemistry and nanoscale characterization methods.

Our offer

  • Stimulating interdisciplinary environment with unique access to state-of-the-art synthesis and characterization tools, cutting edge research facilities and collaborations 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 24 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, publications and research experience, a statement of motivation and career objective (max. 1 page), copies of 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 by 21.08.2019. 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.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin


Dr. Christopher Kley 
Telefon: +49 30 8413-4167

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