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Doctoral and/or Postdoc Research Positions (m/f/div)

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen (DE)
according to TVöD (Bund)
Closing date
25 Jul 2023

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Job Type
PhD Studentship, Postdoctoral
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term


The Max Planck Research Group of EPR Spectroscopy of Metalorganic Complexes at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr in cooperation with the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE, Essen Campus) is currently seeking highly motivated candidates for

Doctoral and/or Postdoc Research Positions (m/f/div)

The position is available immediately, with a negotiable start date. The doctoral researcher will work on a three-year-doctoral-program and the postdoctoral position is initially for 12 months, with opportunity for renewal.

Our research group characterizes small metalorganic complexes, metalloproteins, and radical complexes by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. We employ a variety of advanced pulsed EPR techniques, including ENDOR, HYSCORE, and EDNMR to resolve both hyperfine and quadrupole nuclear interactions, informing us further of electronic and magnetic structure, covalency, and ligand identity. Familiarity with these techniques is favored for potential postdoc candidates (but not a requirement, particularly for doctoral candidates). Various potential projects are available, including the characterization of either metalloprotein intermediates, synthesis and characterization of iron-sulfur clusters, or synthesize and characterization of copper biomimetic complexes. Inorganic synthesis experience is preferred for some projects. All projects will focus on EPR spectroscopy but will have opportunities for other inorganic spectroscopic techniques (X-ray absorption, emission, Mössbauer, etc.). Successful candidates will be integrated into our research group, with laboratories locations at both the MPI-CEC and UDE.

Your qualifications:

  • Completed master’s degree in chemistry or closely related field for PhD applicants; a completed PhD in inorganic / physical chemistry or a closely related field for postdoctoral candidates
  • Documented scientific achievements
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • Eagerness to learn new techniques
  • Talent to work as part of a team and collaboratively

Our offer:
We offer an international, dynamic working environment in a renowned research institute, family-friendly jobs, and flexible working hours. The PhD will be remunerated according to the Max Planck Society's funding guidelines for junior scientists and the postdoctoral position according to TVöD (Bund) in line with your qualifications and professional experience.

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. The Max Planck Society endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please send your application documents in a single PDF document, including a cover letter with description of intent, curriculum vitae with publication list, and contact information of two references, by July 15, 2023 with the reference code “GC008” to:

Dr. George Cutsail
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
Stiftstraße 34–36, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

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