PhD Student Position Surface Science University Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany:

Applications are requested for a PhD student positions the fields of surface science, model catalysis, operando spectroscopy, and spectro-electrochemistry at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Physical Chemistry II, Prof. Jörg Libuda). Combining advanced surface science methods, molecular beam techniques, reactor studies, in-situ and operando spectroscopy, the group studies the mechanisms and kinetics of chemical reactions at surfaces and interfaces. Specifically, we intend and aim at understanding processes in heterogeneous catalysis, nanotechnology and energy technology at the molecular level. The group’s particular spotlight is on bridging fundamental and applied research by advanced spectroscopy on model and real materials, from ultrahigh-vacuum to realistic reaction conditions. This also includes the development of new instrumentation beyond the current high-tech. 

Current and upcoming projects involve investigations in the fields of e.g. ionic liquid model catalysis, model studies of liquid organic hydrogen carriers, operando spectroscopy on real catalysts, model studies of new materials for hydrogen production, fuel cell technology, solar energy conversion, or molecular electronics. The Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg is among the top-ranked Universities in chemistry research in Germany. A sole environment in terms of cutting-edge research is provided by the Cluster of Excellence “Engineering of Advanced Materials”. We offer leading-edge projects, modern equipment, and brilliant working conditions. 

All projects are closely embedded into interdisciplinary and international cooperation activities. For that reason, we expect flexibility and commitment, but also communication skills, talent and the capability to work in a team. For PhD applications, a diploma or master degree in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, or materials science is required. Experience in surface science, heterogeneous catalysis, or electrochemistry is a plus, but not mandatory. The university promotes gender equality and aims at increasing the fraction of women in science. Persons with disabilities are preferred if equally qualified. 

Contact: Please send your CV and application documents as soon as possible to: 

Prof. Dr. Jörg Libuda 
Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Egerlandstrasse 3
D-91058 Erlangen


 Tel: ++49-9131-8527308 

Additional information: 

Application Deadline: 15 November 2012.


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