The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as an institute of the Max Planck
Society for the Advancement of Science (registered association) is the
largest centre for fusion research in Europe with about 1100 employees in
Garching near Munich and Greifswald. The scientists are investigating the
physical principles for a fusion power plant which - like the sun - generates
energy from the fusion of light atomic nuclei. The research is carried out in
seven experimental and theoretical projects aimed at developing nuclear fusion
into an inexhaustible and safe source of energy for the future.
The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching offers within the ITER
Technology & Diagnostics (ITED) Division a position for a Post-doctoral
researcher (m/f/d) in the field of experimental plasma catalysis.
The plasma for gas conversion (P4G) group is working on topic of plasma
conversion of low energy molecules into value-added chemicals, by using low
temperature plasmas. The research is contributing to power-to-gas initiative
in the field of energy storage, hydrogen technology, and chemical energy
carriers. Currently the group operates two microwave experiments covering the
pressure range from low to atmospheric pressure, and focusing on fundamental
understanding of the dominant CO2 pathways with aim to optimize efficiency of
the plasma CO2 conversion. The group is expanding towards the field of plasma-
catalysis (dry methane reforming, ammonia synthesis, etc.), operating both
microwave plasmas and dielectric-barrier-discharges (DBD).
Characterization and development of plasma sources (predominantly DBD)
for different plasma-surface interactions and various plasma conditions
Expanding the current range of in-situ, in-vacuo, and ex-situ experiments
for plasma source characterization and surface analysis
Execution, evaluation and dissemination of the test results related to
performance of plasma sources and implications for scientific advantage of
Completed doctoral thesis in plasma physics, catalysis, or related fields
Experience with experimental techniques related to plasmas, gases and
surfaces (e.g. OES, FTIR, XPS)
Experience in the operation and characterization of plasma sources
Background in atmospheric plasma research and/or DBD is of advantage
A strong scientific track record, including publications in peer-reviewed
High motivation to contribute to the application of plasma catalysis in
the power-to-gas initiative
Strong ability to conceptualize, perform and evaluate experiments
Very good communication and interpersonal skills
Strong ability to present complex scientific and technical matters
fluently in English
Ability to effectively work and integrate in an international team
an interesting job at one of the largest research institutes for fusion
flexible working hours
training and further education opportunities
company pension scheme
family service & childcare facilities on the company premises
further social benefits (e.g. capital-forming benefits, discounted public
transport tickets and travel allowance)
The position is limited to a duration of three years. The salary is based on
the assignment of tasks and qualifications and goes up to pay group 13
according to the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD Bund).
The IPP seeks to increase the proportion of employed women in those areas
where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply for
this position. The IPP is committed to employing more disabled individuals and
especially encourages them to apply.
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