PhD Student (f/m/d)
“In situ nanoscale characterization of catalytic materials”
Reference No.: CE 2021/8The Helmholtz research group Nanoscale Operando CO2 Photo-Electrocatalysis (head: Dr. Christopher Kley) investigates local structural, electronic and catalytic properties of materials under reaction conditions to innovate materials for catalysis and energy conversion. Applications are invited for a PhD student position with joint affiliation at the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB) and the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) of the Max Planck Society, Department of Interface Science (head: Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya). Work place will be at FHI embedded in a stimulating academic environment with unique access to frontier research facilities.
Project tasks and aims
- Characterization of electro- and photocatalytic systems by advanced scanning probe microscopy methods including in situ AFM.
- Catalytic reactivity studies and spectroscopic analysis to elucidate structure-property relationships and charge-transport phenomena at solid-liquid interfaces.
- Preparation of catalytic materials and technical advancement of microscopic tools.
- Master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or appropriate fields of physical chemistry.
- Experience in one or more of the following areas are preferred: scanning probe microscopy, electrochemistry, (photo-) electrocatalysis, nano-/microtechnolgy.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
- Self-motivated, detail- and goal-oriented with excellent problem solving skills in a multidisciplinary team.
Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae listing education, publications and research experience, a statement of motivation and career objective (max. 1 page), copies of transcripts, and contact details of two referees.
What we offer
Fixed term contract for 36 months. The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).
We particularly welcome applications from women. Preference will be given to handicapped applicants provided equal suitability.
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