PostDoc (f/m/d) Structure analysis of inorganic catalysts by X-ray scattering techniques

Job Offer from September 06, 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

PostDoc (f/m/d)
Structure analysis of inorganic catalysts by X-ray scattering techniques

Job description: The research activities of the Weidenthaler group focus on crystallographic investigations of inorganic functional materials. These are used either as catalysts in chemical reactions or for energy storage and conversion. Structure-property relationships are studied at different length scales: from the averaged crystal structure to the local structure of amorphous or disordered compounds. The group has a long experience in the field of in situ scattering. A variety of different sample environments are available for in situ or operando studies of structure-property relationships. In situ/operando experiments are performed in our laboratories and at at large research synchrotron facilities. Our new team member will focus on the application of total scattering and X-ray diffraction methods (powder diffraction and electron crystallography) for the structural characterization of inorganic catalysts such as oxides, porous materials (zeolites and MOFs), alloys or phosphates. Research results are expected to be disseminated within the department, through journal articles and oral presentations at conferences.

Qualification: The ideal candidate should have
• PhD degree obtained in chemistry, physics, mineralogy, materials science or related fields
• expert knowledge in crystallography and diffraction techniques (theory and practice)
• profound expertise in crystal structure refinements (Rietveld refinements) and crystal structure solution from powder and single crystal data
• experience with work at synchrotron sources
• profound knowledge in inorganic solid-state chemistry
• experience in heterogeneous catalysis
• excellent English language and communication skills
• a proactive mindset and goal-oriented work ethic

Job offers:
• The PostDoc 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.
• PostDoc positions are typically limited to 2 years, with the possibility to extend if the scientific progress and funding permits.

• 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, certificates, and further information in electronic form to Prof. Dr. Claudia Weidenthaler (, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equity and diversity.

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