PhD position

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

Job Code:Job Offer from February 20, 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.

PhD Position Unraveling the growth mechanism of shaped nanoparticles towards a rational design of novel catalysts for CO2 revalorization”

There is an open PhD position in a joint proposal on nanoparticle (NP) research in the context of the Max-Planck-EPFL Center for Molecular Nanoscience and Technology.

The successful applicant will investigate the synthesis of novel nanoarchitectured catalysts as well as the evaluation of their reactivity. Both, the electroreduction of CO2 as well as its thermal hydrogenation, will be studied by means of H-type electrochemical cells and packed-bed mass flow reactors, respectively.

In collaboration with EPFL, we propose to derive mechanistic insights from the direct observation of NP nucleation and growth, to translate them into novel synthetic strategies, and to study the reactivity of such rationally designed catalysts. Exchange visits between both research centers are planned to give the student the opportunity to learn and use a broad range of techniques during his/her PhD and to collaborate with other students and scientists at the partner institution.


Required qualifications include a Master or BS in Chemistry, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering. Previous experience on the topics mentioned above is not required but would be of benefit.

Your application

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three references by email as PDF files to Dr. Rosa Aran ([email protected]by March 17, 2019.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.


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