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.

The groups Dynamics at Electrocatalytic Interface and Operando Hard X-ray Spectroscopy at the Department of Interface Science currently offer a

Postdoc Position

The successful candidate will participate in our endeavor to increase the fundamental understanding of physical and chemical processes at the solid liquid interface during industrially relevant water electrolysis. Here, we focus our research on the evolution of the catalysts’ properties to the reaction conditions in electrochemical cells and electrolyzers on different time scales as well as the link to their electrocatalytic performance (activity, selectivity, stability).

In the project, the successful candidate will apply a variety of laboratory- and synchrotron-based operando methods, e.g. X-ray diffraction and scattering as well as X-ray absorption spectroscopy at domestic and international synchrotron facilities. For this purpose, industrially-relevant catalysts from internal and external collaborators (nanoparticles and (thin) films) will be comprehensively characterized and their structural properties will be linked to the electrocatalytic performance studied in rotating disk electrode and flow-cell setups. Advanced laboratory-based methods such as X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are available and will complement synchrotron-based measurements.

The Post Doc position is initially limited to 2 years with the option to be extended.


We expect a Postdoc candidate to have:


Submit your application via our online application portal as soon as possible but latest by October 31, 2023 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. Arno Bergmann ( or Dr. Janis Timoshenko (
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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