PhD and PostDoc position

YOUNG RESEARCHERSBERLINChemistry Solid State Research & Material Sciences Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Job Code:Job Offer from February 22, 2019

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 offer 1 PhD Position and 1 PostDoc Position for the project: Thin film catalyst models.

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


The applicants should hold excellent degrees (master/diploma for the PhD applicant, PhD degree for the PostDoc applicant) 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 [email protected] by March 17, 2019.

For more information, please contact, Dr. Helmut Kuhlenbeck, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin, Germany, [email protected].

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.


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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