The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin-Dahlem is a renowned institutions within the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's premier organization for basic research. At the FHI, scientists from all over the world are engaged in fundamental studies in the field of physical chemistry with focus on interfaces, surfaces, catalysis research and molecular physics.

The Liquid-Vapor Interfaces Group in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry has an open

PhD Student (f/m/d) Position
in the area of
Heterogeneous chemistry of liquid-vapor interfaces

Liquid-vapor interfaces govern many important processes in the atmosphere and environment and are still much less understood than solid interfaces. Our group focuses on the role of surfactants in heterogeneous chemical reactions, in particular on how they interact with solvated species in the solution and influence transport across the interface. The experiments employ state-of-the-art photoelectron spectroscopy, both in the laboratory and at synchrotron sources, as well as infrared spectroscopy, to obtain a detailed understanding of the liquid-vapor interface on the molecular scale. The successful candidate will be part of our small team of postdoctoral scholars and engineers and work in close collaboration with our partner groups here at the FHI, at BESSY and at other synchrotron sources in Europe. The PhD Position is embedded in the newly established International Max Planck Research School for Elementary Processes in Physical Chemistry (IMPRS-EPPC). The IMPRS-EPPC is a structured graduate program for ~30 excellent PhD students at the FHI and universities in Berlin and Potsdam, who work in a variety of areas within physical chemistry. The IMPRS provides a comprehensive curriculum and many opportunities for intellectual exchange with fellow students and senior scientists.

• M.Sc. in Chemistry, Physics or a closely related field
• Self-motivated work style with attention to detail and the ability for team work in an international research environment
• Excellent communication skills in English
• Experience in surface physical chemistry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and/or infrared spectroscopy is beneficial

Applications should include:
• University transcripts of the M.Sc. degree
• Two letters of recommendation
• A certificate of English proficiency if English is not the native language
• A brief statement of motivation for this project

Applications for this position are only accepted via online application portal
Closing date: Applications will be accepted from immediately until June 20, 2021.
We thank all applications for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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. Hendrik Bluhm, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, 14195 Berlin, Germany, email:

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