The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin is one of the oldest and most renowned research institutes within the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's most successful scientific organization. At the FHI, researchers from all over the world are engaged in basic research in the fields of physics and chemistry at interfaces and surfaces, catalysis research, and molecular physics. The Department of Inorganic Chemistry ( focuses on establishing fundamental understanding on the functionality of heterogeneous catalysts. Key aspects of our research involve synthesis, state-of-the-art characterization, concept and method development, and operando studies to obtain insights into their working structures. We aim at finding structures responsible for activity at gas/solid, liquid/solid, and solid/solid interfaces and the origin of deactivation within complex systems.

Within the CatLab project of the AC Department, the Oxide Group has an open

Postdoctoral Position (f/m/d)

Analysis of functional interfaces by Raman spectroscopy

Your tasks:

You will be part of the activities in the CatLab project of the AC Department The project investigates new innovative catalysts for the production of hydrogen and synthetic fuels using renewable energy and considering a closed carbon cycle. The catalyst materials consist of thin films whose functional properties can be tailored to specific requirements with the overall aim of replacing conventional catalyst technologies and to develop new energy- and resource-efficient catalytic processes.

You will apply Raman spectroscopy using varying excitation wavelengths in combination with other molecular spectroscopy techniques, such as infrared, UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy using laboratory or synchrotron light sources to characterize thin films of metals and metal compounds. The surface structure will be studied as a function of the thin film synthesis and layer structure. In a second step it will be necessary to implement new in situ and operando experiments to study the thin films under conditions of catalytic reactions. The reactions of interest are dehydrogenation and hydrogenation reactions including the hydrogenation of CO2.

Your profile:

You should be excited about solving scientific questions by applying established spectroscopic techniques, but also by developing new methods. We are looking for someone who is also interested in implementing modern methods of data analysis and integrating commercial spectrometers into a digitized laboratory. Required qualifications include a PhD in chemistry, physics or materials science. A strong proven research background in Raman spectroscopy and heterogeneous catalysis is advantageous.

We offer:

The postdoctoral position will be for 2 years with the option on extension and the opportunity for further qualification. The work location is the IRIS building near the synchrotron source BESSY II in Berlin Adlershof. Berlin is a large, cosmopolitan and tolerant city that offers you a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

Your application:

Applications are only accepted via our online application portal. Using the code word “Raman” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience, but not later than 31st January 2022. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in research and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Annette Trunschke
phone: +49 30 8413 4457 / 4458

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