PhD position (m/f/d) Link between Electrocatalyst and Corrosion Kinetics

Young Researchers Berlin
Chemistry Solid State Research & Material Sciences Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics
Job Offer from October 17, 2023

The Department of Interface Science headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya at the Fritz Haber Institute carries out cutting-edge research on advanced functional materials with applications in heterogeneous catalysis, energy conversion and electrochemistry. By combining unique synthesis methods, state-of-the art tools for experimental characterization and advanced approaches to data analysis, atomistic details of thermal catalysis and electrochemical reactions at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces are revealed. In particular, structure-reactivity correlations on nanostructured materials can be established, paving the way for the rational design of novel catalytic materials.

The Interfacial Ionics group ( is looking for a PhD candidate that is being hired as part of the ERC Starting Grant ORION (

Your ambitious goal will be nothing less than to uncover the fundamental link between corrosion and electrocatalyst kinetics. Initially, you will use macroscopic fundamental electrochemical studies on model surfaces, before applying a novel scanning probe microscopy technique that is being developed within the group.

PhD candidates are expected to graduate after three years. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


We expect candidates to have a:

  • A strong MSc degree in physics, physical chemistry, chemistry or chemical engineering, preferably with a specialization in experimental or theoretical (electro)catalysis.
  • Python, Matlab or equivalent computational skills are a strongly preferred.
  • A high drive to solve fundamental scientific questions and the willingness to tackle practical/instrumental challenges.
  • Excellent written and oral English skills.


Submit your application via our online application portal as soon as possible but latest by May 31, 2024 including the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • List of courses
  • GPA
  • Names and email addresses of three references

Applications will be accepted from immediately until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Sebastian Oener

Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin

Max Planck Society

The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft endeavours 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 Gemany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

Go to Editor View