The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC) in
Mülheim an der Ruhr studies the fundamental chemical processes for energy
storage in chemical molecules.
Within the framework of the ProemtH2eus project for a duration of 3 years the
Department of Heterogeneous Reactions is searching for a PhD student
(m/f/d) on the topic operando analysis of Ni-bases catalysts for
alkaline water electrolysis.
The PrometH2eus project is a consortium of several universities, research
institutes and industry partners, aiming to guide an application-oriented
development of Ni-based anode materials for the alkaline water electrolysis to
produce hydrogen. Your task will be the utilization of soft X-rays for
operando characterization of such materials to generate the basic knowledge
about their electronic structure under technically relevant conditions. In
addition to laboratory-based experiments at the MPI CEC you will develop and
apply state-of-the-art equipment to combine electrochemistry with operando
spectroscopy (XAS, XPS, RIXS) at the large-scale research facility BESSY II
in Berlin. For the synthesis of corresponding model electrodes you will work
closely with an Australian partner group. Furthermore, you will cooperate with
other project partners in sample characterization and regularly participate in
(inter)national conferences and project meetings in order to present and
discuss your results.
A university degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in physics, chemistry,
material science, or a similar discipline in engineering or natural
Due to the internationality of the project a very good knowledge of the
English language (spoken and written) is absolutely necessary
Experiences in X-ray spectroscopy and/or electrocatalysis are beneficial
Ability to work in a team as well as showing personal initiative, good
communication and presentation skills
High motivation and interest in interdisciplinary research are mandatory
We offer an international, dynamic working environment in a renowned
research institute, family-friendly jobs and flexible working hours. The
salary is in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society
for junior scientists.
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. 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 (Cover letter, CV, certificates, references)
preferably as one merged pdf document via email until 15th August 2021 with
the subject “MT010” to:
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion
Dr. Marc Tesch
45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr
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