PhD-Student (f/m/d) "In-situ nanoscale characterization of catalytic materials"

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB)

Berlin, Germany

Work group:

Nanoscale Operando CO2 Photo-Electrocatalysis

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Job description:

Reference No. EE 2019/34The Young Investigator Group Nanoscale Operando CO2 Photo-Electrocatalysisis looking for PhD-Student (f/m/d) "In-situ nanoscale characterization of catalytic materials" Position
To date, progress toward rational design of catalysts and photomaterials is hampered by deficient knowledge of nanoscale dynamic materials properties and structure-property relationships under reaction conditions. We offer a full-time PhD-student work on the in-situ characterization of electro- and photoelectrocatalytic materials employing atomic force microscopy (AFM) in the liquid phase. Cutting edge AFM based methods will be applied to decipher the local morphological and electronic material proterties under reaction conditions. These studies will be combined with catalytic reactivity and spectroelectrochemical investigations to elucidate nanoscale structure-property relationships and charge-transport phenomena at solid-liquid interfaces. In a synergistic manner, it is anticipated to translate key findings into novel strategies for designing advanced catalytic materials.


Master degree in chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, material science, or chemical engineeringGood written an oral comunication skills in English

Highly motivated, detail- and goal-oriented with excellent problem solving skills in a multi-dsciplinary teamGood data collection, analysis, and presentation skillsKnowledge about organic / inorganic material synthesis, electrochemistry, or nanoscale characterization methods
What we offer

Highly stimulating interdisciplinary environment with unique access to state-of-the-art synthesis and characterization tools, cutting edge research facilities and collaborations both at HZB and FHIWork place at the Fritz Haber Institute located in the quiet south-west of Germany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city offering a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities  
Your application
Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae listing education, research experience, and publications, a statement on their motivation for joining the group and their career objective (max. 1 page), copies of academic transcripts, and names and contacts of two references.

Further Information Dr. Christopher Kley+49 30 8413 – Closing Date: 31.10.2019 apply

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Quote Reference: EE 2019/34