PhD positions at the MPI KOFO

PhD positions at the MPI KOFO

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You hold a Master degree, are interested in chemical transformations and catalysis, and you would like to complete your doctorate in a collaborative and highly international research community? Apply for a PhD position at the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung! The Max Planck Society is one of the leading research organizations, with over 85 institutes worldwide. The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung shares its Mülheim campus with the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, and focuses on chemical catalysis in all its aspects. The institute is home to leaders in the field or organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry, and has been a hub of innovation for over 100 years.

Doctoral candidates at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung are simultaneously affiliated with a German university which offers them a structured PhD curriculum. Researchers spend most of their time at the MPI in Mülheim, however, where they carry out their research, participate in group meetings, and attend trainings and seminars. Doctoral candidates at the institute generally complete their degrees within 3–4 years, depending on the nature of their project, and hold a paid position or fellowship throughout the duration of their program. The institute also participates in two international Max-Planck research school IMPRS, the IMPRS on Reactive Structure Analysis for Chemical Reactions (RECHARGE), which focuses on interdiscplinary research at the interface of chemistry and physics, and the IMPRS Interface Controlled Materials for Energy Conversion (SURMAT), focused on surface and interface research.

The MPI Kofo is hiring year-round – see the job advertisements page or contact the director/group leader you would like to work with to enquire about opportunities. All scientific discourse at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung is conducted in English, and all administrative communication is provided in German as well as English, so knowledge of the German language is not required, but good spoken and written English is necessary. Graduate students employed by the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung receive a salary equivalent to 66% of a TVöD E13 position, or are supported by external PhD fellowships.

Mülheim is a small town located in the west of Germany (~170,000 inhabitants), which is only a short train journey away from a number of larger cities (Essen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Dortmund). In addition to many green spaces, Mülheim offers affordable housing and a comparatively low cost of living. To learn what it is like to be a doctoral candidate at a Max Planck Institute, reach out to current PhD researchers via PhDnet!

PhD students who arrive with children or chose to start a family during their program can find more information on child care opportunities and family leave here.

The following short video by the Max Planck Society aimed at international applicants walks you through the process of becoming a doctoral candidate at a Max Planck Institute:

The Max Planck Society is one of the leading research organizations, with over 85 institutes worldwide. However, our underlying application processes vary depending on the presence of one of our graduate schools.

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