The Department of Interface Science ( headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya at the Fritz Haber Institute carries out cutting-edge research on advanced functional materials with applications in heterogeneous catalysis, energy conversion and electrochemistry. By combining unique synthesis methods, state-of-the art tools for operando experimental characterization and advanced approaches to data analysis, atomistic details of thermal catalysis and electrocatalytic reactions at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces are revealed. In particular, structure-reactivity correlations on nanostructured materials can be established, paving the way for the rational design of novel catalytic materials.

We are looking for a Postdoc for the Metal-Organic Interfaces (MOIN) Group at the Department of Interface Science.

1 Postdoctoral Position

PROJECT: Metal-Organic Networks for the Electrochemical Reduction of CO2

Inspired by the catalytic processes taking place in metalloenzymes, we are interested in the catalytic activity of metal-organic assemblies during the electrochemical reduction of CO2. In particular, well-defined two-dimensional metal-organic networks grown under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions are excellent systems to study the influence of molecular arrangements, functional groups and metallic centers in the activity, selectivity and stability of the catalyst.

The selected candidate will join the Metal-Organic Interfaces (MOIN) group to work in a highly interdisciplinary field combining electrochemistry, surface science and organometallic chemistry. Electrochemical experimentation, such as cyclic voltammetry or chromatography, will be combined with techniques operating under UHV conditions to study the surface properties (scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) or high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS)).

The Postdoc position is initially for one year, with the possibility of extending it up to three years.


We expect candidates to have:


Submit your application via our online application portal as soon as possible including the following documents:

Applications will be accepted from immediately until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Juan J. Navarro (
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin
The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity. Furthermore the Max Planck Society aims to increase the participation of women in research. Therefore, applications by women are particularly welcome. The Max Planck Society is also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.


The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) is located in the quiet south-west of Gemany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

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