Postdoc Position (m/f/d) | Catalytic study of metal-based catalysis related to energy conversion

Scientist Berlin
Chemistry Solid State Research & Material Sciences Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics
Job Offer from January 31, 2023

The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin is one of the oldest and most renowned research institutes within the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's most successful scientific organization. At the FHI, researchers from all over the world are engaged in basic research in the fields of physics and chemistry at interfaces and surfaces, catalysis research, and molecular physics. 

In the Department of Inorganic Chemistry we are dealing with fundamental research to understand the basic physical and chemical principles of existing catalytic processes and to discover new ways of transforming energy and producing chemicals and alternative synthetic fuels sustainably and to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide. Our studies include the conversion of water, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and light hydrocarbons in gas- and liquid-phase reactions over solid catalysts. For this purpose, we operate a large number of specifically designed laboratory reactors. We offer a postdoctoral position (m/f/d) for the catalytic study of a metal-based catalysis related to energy conversion.

Your tasks

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in the field of heterogeneous catalysis with the main focus on testing of metal thin film catalyst under the reaction conditions follow by its characterization using means of temperature program methods (TDS). The modification of the metal catalyst for optimal performance under CO2 hydrogenation, acetylene hydrogenation and ammonia synthesis/decomposition will be required. Also, adaptation of dedicated reactors to measure thin film catalyst is foreseen. Work will involve the collaboration with colleagues from spectroscopy and microscopy fields.

Your profile

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with social skills, who is able to lead an own project and simultaneously be part of a team. The candidate should have a strong background in heterogeneous catalysis. A PhD in chemical engineering or chemistry is required.

We offer

A postdoctoral position for 2 years with the possibility of extension and working in a stimulating international scientific society.

Your application

Please submit your application via our online application portal as soon as possible but latest by March 28, 2023 including the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications
  • Description of research interest/plan
  • Names and email addresses of two references

For more information, please contact

Dr. Katarzyna Skorupska

Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society endeavors 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 Germany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant, and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

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