PhD student (f/m/d) in the mechanochemical synthesis and characterization of inorganic catalysts

Stellenangebot vom 6. September 2023

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr is a renowned research institution that is over 100 years old and has already received two Nobel Prizes in its history. The institute is engaged in basic research in the field of catalysis.

The department Powder Diffraction and Surface Spectroscopy headed by Prof. Dr. Claudia Weidenthaler invites applications for a position as

PhD student (f/m/d)
in the mechanochemical synthesis and characterization of inorganic catalysts

Job description:
The Weidenthaler group is specialized in operando and in situ crystallographic experiments of catalysts tested for energy-relevant applications. Our new team member will focus on the application of mechochemistry for the preparation of inorganic catalysts with a focus on mechanistic studies of formation and transformation processes. Structure evolution will be investigated by X-diffraction and scattering techniques as well as in situ spectroscopy. In situ/operando experiments will be performed in our laboratories and at large research synchrotron facilities. Communication of research results in the department, in journal articles and by oral presentations at confernces is expected.

The ideal candidate should have

  • a Masters degree obtained in inorganic/physical chemistry, physics, mineralogy, materials science or related fields
  • experience in heterogeneous catalysis
  • profound knowledge in inorganic solid-state chemistry, and basic knowledge in crystallography
  • excellent English language and communication skills
  • a proactive mindset and goal-oriented work ethic

Job offers:

  • The PhD will be remunerated according to the Max Planck Society´s funding guidelines for junior scientists according to TVöD (Bund).
  • You will benefit from the department’s excellent access to bleeding-edge experimental infrastructure and intellectual resources, along with plenty of possibilities for personal and professional development in a highly interdisciplinary environment.
  • PhD positions are typically limited to 3 years, with the possibility to extend if the scientific progress and funding permits. PhD students need to register at the University Duisburg-Essen as a doctoral student.

Expected starting date: December 1, 2023

Applications: Please send your application documents in a single PDF document, including cover letter with description of intent, curriculum vitae and information in electronic form to Prof. Dr. Claudia Weidenthaler (, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim.

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