PhD Student or Postdoc Position (m/f/div)

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen (DE)
according to TVöD (Bund) in line with your qualifications and professional experience
Closing date
Feb 17, 2023

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
PhD Studentship, Postdoc
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The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC) in Mülheim an der Ruhr studies fundamental chemical processes for energy storage in chemical molecules. The department of “Inorganic Spectroscopy” is presently looking for a candidate for a

PhD Student or Postdoc Position (m/f/div)
in heterogeneous catalysis and X-ray spectroscopy

The position is available immediately. The doctoral researcher will work on a three-year doctoral program and the postdoctoral position is initially for 24 months, with the possibility of an additional one-year renewal.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof. Serena DeBeer and work closely with Dr. Liqun Kang and Dr. Yves Kayser.

Your tasks:

The Department of Inorganic Spectroscopy at MPI CEC provides a unique environment which brings together state-of-the-art experimental approaches with theory to understand challenging questions in energy research. The appointed researcher will be involved in the TransHyDE research network (reforming of ammonia transport of H2 via derivatives) and will work on the “AmmoRef” project (NH3 reforming catalyst synthesis / characterization / mechanisms) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The aims followed will be the X-ray spectroscopic characterization of structure and electronic configuration of ammonia reformation catalysts under in situ or operando conditions. The researcher will also take part in setup development, data analysis, and preparing scientific publications.

Your qualifications:

For the PhD position, we require the master's degree certificate in chemistry, and for the postdoctoral position, we also require the PhD degree in chemistry. The candidate should have a strong background in heterogeneous catalysis with an interest to learn X-ray spectroscopy techniques applicable with the in-house instrumentation or using synchrotron radiation. A candidate with knowledge and working experience of heterogeneous catalysis and/or X-ray spectroscopy techniques is preferred.

Our offer:

We offer an international, dynamic working environment in a renowned research institute, family-friendly jobs, and flexible working hours. The PhD will be remunerated according to the Max Planck Society's funding guidelines for junior scientists and the postdoctoral position according to TVöD (Bund) in line with your qualifications and professional experience.

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. The Max Planck Society endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity. 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.

Your detailed application should include a cover letter with description of past experience, a curriculum vitae with the contact details of three referees, and a copy of your degree certificate. If we have aroused your interest, then please send your application preferably in digital form until February 28th, 2023 stating the reference code “SD030” to:

Professor Dr. Serena DeBeer and Dr. Yves Kayser
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
Stiftstrasse 34–36
45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr

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