The Fritz-Haber-Institut (FHI) in Berlin is an institute of the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's organization for basic research. At the FHI, scientists from all over the world are engaged in fundamental studies in the field of chemical physics at interfaces and surfaces, catalysis research and molecular physics.

The Oxide Group in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry has an open

Postdoctoral Position (f/m/d)

Analysis of functional interphases by infrared spectroscopy

Your tasks:

You will be part of the activities in the CatLab project of the AC Department The project will investigate 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 infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) to characterize thin films of metals and metal compounds. The surface structure and the interaction with probe molecules should 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. Classical reference catalysts (supported nanoparticles and monolayers) will be analyzed using transmission infrared spectroscopy at low temperatures and applying temperature-programmed methods. DRIFT spectroscopy is available for operando investigations of powders in dehydrogenation and COx hydrogenation reactions.

Your profile:

You should be excited about solving scientific questions by applying established spectroscopic techniques, but also by developing new methods in infrared spectroscopy. 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 infrared 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. Please submit your application as soon as possible but latest by May 21, 2021 including the following documents:

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
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin
Zum Gro├čen Windkanal 6, 12489 Berlin
phone: +49 30 8413 4457 / 4458

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