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 PhD student for the Minerva Group at the Department of Interface Science (

1 PhD Student Position

PROJECT: Alkaline water electrolysis

Green hydrogen is the cornerstone of the ongoing energy transition required for a future sustainable society. Alkaline water electrolysers are responsible for nearly all green hydrogen produced nowadays, where Ni-based catalysts are used in the hydrogen evolving cathode. Despite being a mature technology, very little is known on how tuning the electrode-electrolyte interface can be used to optimize the reaction.

The selected candidate will be involved in this project within the ISC department. Your main goal will be to develop fundamental understanding on the effect of the electrolyte on non-noble hydrogen evolution catalysts. This will be achieved using classical and operando electrochemical methods and characterization tools available at the institute. Ultimately, you will also explore practical applications of your fundamental findings.

The PhD candidate is expected to graduate after 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. Mariana Monteiro ( )
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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