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Open Ph.D position in the Group “Powder Diffraction and Surface Spectroscopy”

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr conducts basic chemical research aimed at making chemical transformations as energy and resource efficient as possible. Catalysis with all its facets is at the centre of the research.

For our research group “Powder Diffraction and Surface Spectroscopy” (PD. Dr. Claudia Weidenthaler) we are searching for a

Ph. D. student (m/f/d)
with emphasis on chemistry
in full time, 39 hours
limited in time to 3 years available from 01/03/2020.

•    Work in a research project on the characterization of carbon materials for
     electrochemical applications
•    Application of a variety of spectroscopic methods including Raman and X-ray
     photoelectron spectroscopy
•    Design and realization of in situ/operando reaction cells for electrochemical testing
     combined with spectroscopy

•    Master Degree in Chemistry or Physics
•    Advanced knowledge of spectroscopy would be desirable
•    Basic knowledge in crystallography would be desirable
•    Experimental skills are required
•    Careful and accurate operation
•    Good English skills
•    Ability to work in a team, good communication skills

We offer an interesting, versatile and ambitious occupation in a well-respected research facility with an international surrounding.

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung is anxious to promote especially the career of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Therefor we are looking forward to replies of female applicants. As well applications of convenient severely disabled and equated candidates are explicitly welcome.

Please send your application (including cover letter, curriculum vitae and a copy of your Master certificate) as a PDF file via E-Mail to PD Dr. Claudia Weidenthaler,