Postdoc and PhD Positions | Molecular Physics

Einsatzort: Berlin


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Postdoc and PhD Positions | Molecular Physics

Stellenangebot vom 04.09.2020

The Fritz-Haber-Institut (FHI) in Berlin-Dahlem is one of the most renowned institutes within the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's organization for basic research. At the FHI, scientists from all over the world are engaged in fundamental studies in the field of chemical physics at interfaces and surfaces, catalysis research and molecular physics.

In the Liquid Microjet group (PI: Dr. Bernd Winter) at the Department of Molecular Physics (MP) we have pioneered the technique of photoemission spectroscopy for research on the electronic structure and dynamics of liquids, most prominently aqueous solutions.

Within the ERC-funded project AQUACHIRAL we will add sensitivity on the chirality of hydrated molecules to photoelectron spectroscopy, with immediate relevance to biochemistry and chemical reaction science. Here we are offering a Postdoc Position "Research on slow to ultrafast stereo-selective reactions using a novel electron spectrometer at conventional and laser-based X-Ray sources" and a PhD Student Position "Experimental investigation of angular and dichroic effects in photoemission of chiral molecules".

In your work, you will demonstrate the influence of the handedness of organic molecules (amino acids, sugars) on their photoemission properties, thus establishing a novel technique, liquid-phase photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD), for research on chirality in aqueous solutions. The MP Department offers an international and diverse environment with outstanding capacity for forefront research in its field.

The PhD position will be funded over three years. The Postdoc position will initially be for two years, with the opportunity of an extension.

Your profile:

We expect candidates to have a:

  • degree in Physics or Chemistry (MSc level), preferentially with a specialization in either Atomic and Molecular Physics or Physical Chemistry,
  • strong experimental background, proven skills to work in a complex laboratory,
  • willingness to participate in beamtimes at synchrotron radiation sources outside of Berlin.

For the Postdoc position, additionally

  • a PhD degree in a relevant field as well as a strong publication record are mandatory and
  • previous experience with short-pulse lasers would be a strong plus.

Your application should include:

  • a CV focusing on scientific aspects of your career
  • a motivation letter explaining why you apply for this position (one page at most)
  • a list of publications
  • copies of academic certificates
  • names and email addresses of two referees.

Applications for this position are only accepted via our online application portal.

Closing date: Applications will be accepted from immediately until the position is filled, or latest until December 31, 2020. We seek to fill both positions for a start at Jan 1st 2021.

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 research and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Bernd Winter and Dr. Uwe Hergenhahn
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Department of Molecular Physics
14195 Berlin

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