The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin is one of the oldest and most renowned research institutes within the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's most successful scientific organization. At the FHI, researchers from all over the world are engaged in basic research in the fields of physics and chemistry at interfaces and surfaces, catalysis research, and molecular physics. The Department of Inorganic Chemistry ( focuses on establishing fundamental understanding on the functionality of industrially applied heterogeneous catalysts. Key aspects of our research involve synthesis, state-of-the-art characterization, concept and method development, and operando studies to obtain insights into their working structures. We aim at finding structures responsible for activity at gas/solid, liquid/solid, and solid/solid interfaces and the origin of deactivation within complex systems.

The focus of the Liquid-Vapor Interfaces Group in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin ( is on the investigation of heterogeneous reactions at aqueous interfaces, in particular ice-vapor and liquid-vapor interfaces.
For an immediate opening we are currently looking for a

Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Description

The successful candidate will perform laboratory and synchrotron-based photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and APXPS) and infrared spectroscopy (IRRAS) experiments using state of the art instrumentation. The goal of these investigations is a molecular-scale description of fundamental physical and chemical processes during heterogeneous reactions at liquid-vapor interfaces. The work is performed in close collaboration with the Theory Department at the FHI ( and the Winter group in the Department of Molecular Physics (

The postdoctoral position is initially limited to one year with the option for an extension.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics or chemistry. Experience with vacuum technology, electron or infrared spectroscopy is required. The ability to work within a team is essential. Ph.D. students within a few months of finishing their thesis are also encouraged to apply.


    Applications for this position are only accepted via our online application portal. Please include the following documents in your application:

    We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

    For more information please contact:
    Dr. Hendrik Bluhm
    Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society
    Department of Inorganic Chemistry
    Faradayweg 4-6
    D-14195 Berlin
    office: +49 (30) 8413 4484

    Max Planck Society

    The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft endeavors 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. Handicapped individuals are especially encouraged to apply. These applicants will be given priority in the case of same qualifications.


    The Fritz Haber Institute 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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