Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) | Materials Chemistry

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Solid State Research & Material Sciences

Job Code: 19/2022

Job offer from June 15, 2022

The Department of Colloids Chemistry (Director Prof. Dr. M. Antonietti) at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications from outstanding young scientists for the position of a Doctoral Researcher in Materials Chemistry (m/f/d).

We are looking for a highly motivated Doctoral Researcher in the field of materials science with interests in the following topics: chemical vapor deposition, characterization of nanomaterials, photochemistry and heterogeneous catalysis. The project concerns the development of heterogeneous catalysts to catalytically transform dinitrogen (N2) into N-containing organic compounds and is part of a DFG Priority Programme “Nitroconversion”

The accepted candidate of the SPP2370 project will join the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Colloid Chemistry Department, in the group of Dr. Aleksandr Savateev and co-supervised by Dr. Paolo Giusto.

The project involves a direct research collaboration with the University of Regensburg (the group of Dr. Joshua P. Barham), for which a separate Doctoral Researcher position is advertised with expertise in synthetic chemistry/electrochemistry/flow chemistry. The MPI-based Doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to spend up to 6 months working with the University of Regensburg.

The position is available starting from 3rd October 2022 (Contract start date: 1st October 2021).

Your qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in chemistry of in a related science (certificate must be valid prior to 1st Sept)
  • Outstanding profile, excellent performance in your studies and high enthusiasm for science
  • Social competence, good English communication skills (B2 or higher), open-minded and flexible
  • Strong background and interest in synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts.
  • (Desirable) experience in preparation of thin films by chemical vapor deposition
  • (Desirable) experience in physical methods for characterization of semiconductors thin films


To apply, please send your application in English that contains the following: i) letter of motivation (max. 1 pg.), ii) CV, iii) academic transcript of records (courses+grades), iv) contact information of two referees as a single combined PDF file, with the e-mail title “ SPP2370_MPI_*yourname* ” exclusively to: 

Deadline: 15th July 2022.

The candidate’s CV will be evaluated internally according to the project and the selected candidates will be invited for an online interview. After the interview, interviewed candidates will receive an email with the final decision.

Equal Opportunities: Equality, Inclusion, Diversity, and Anti-Discrimination

Both the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces and the University of Regensburg have as part of their missions to develop an inclusive community for instruction, research and outreach.

The Max Planck Institute 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 Institute actively seeks to increase the number of female scientists in those areas where they are particularly underrepresented – therefore, we explicitly encourage applications from female scientists.

As part of the SPP2370 project, Drs. Savateev, Giusto and Barham will focus efforts on inclusivity and diversity. These will include: i) facilitating training and networking opportunities for female scientists and those from underrepresented groups in presentation skills, leadership, personal and career development, networking and job applications; ii) diversity awareness training for all those involved in the project.

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