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

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
Berlin, Germany
August 30 2019
EE 2019/34
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
PhD Studentship

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

Reference No: EE 2019/34

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.


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 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.


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


  • 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

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. 

What we offer

Fixed term contract for 36 months. The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

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 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.

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

Helmholtz-Zen­trum Berlin für Materi­alien und Energie (HZB) ope­rates two large scale 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. Each year around 3,000 scien­tists use the HZB infra­struc­ture faci­li­ties. Important focuses of HZB are acce­lera­tor, materials and energy re­search.


Dr. Christopher Kley 
+49 30 8413 - 4167

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