DThe 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.

Within the DFG funded Collaborative Research Center (CRC) /Transregio 247 "Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase" the Inorganic Chemistry department of the FHI is offering a

Postdoctoral position in the electron microscopy group (m/f/d)

to investigate the working structure of spinel and perovskite model catalysts active and selective in the liquid phase oxidation under working and quasi in situ conditions using different techniques of electron microscopy and X-ray spectroscopy. With this approach we will contribute to the main goal of the CRC/TRR 247 that aims at bringing heterogeneous oxidation catalysis in the liquid phase to a level of fundamental understanding that is comparable to metal catalysis in the gas phase, i.e. to unravel the nature of the catalytically active sites and the reaction mechanisms

This position will offer the unique opportunity of combing different operando and quasi in situ techniques for electron microscopy, including environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), with state-of-the-art aberration corrected high resolution TEM and electron spectroscopy and to complement the obtained results with operando X-ray spectroscopy measurements at the synchrotron beamline BESSY II (Electronic Structure Group, Dr. A. Knop-Gericke). The project builds on a strong collaboration with the co-applicants of the Inorganic Spectroscopy Department (Prof. S. DeBeer) and the EPR research group (Dr. A. Schnegg) of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC). Further collaborations with partners within the CRC/TRR 247 will be established.

The postdoctoral position is initially limited to two years with the option for an extension.

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    Please submit your application only via our online application portal ( as soon as possible but latest by August 31, 2022 including the following documents:

    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.

    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 Germany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

    For more information, please contact:
    Dr. Thomas Lunkenbein (

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