Doctoral and PostDoc Research Positions (m/f/d)

The Max Planck Research Group of EPR Spectroscopy of Metallorganic Complexes at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr in cooperation with the University of Duisburg-Essen (Essen Campus) is currently seeking highly motivated candidates for

Doctoral and PostDoc Research Positions (m/f/d)

Successful candidates will employ advanced inorganic spectroscopic techniques to characterize (bio)inorganic copper systems and their reactivity with dioxygen.  A variety of spectroscopic techniques, including advanced electron paramagnetic resonance, X-ray, and optical spectroscopies are employed to characterize a variety of intermediates. The candidate will apply spectro-electrochemical techniques to understanding the chemical process and mechanism of O-O bond formation and cleavage. The group’s research is multi- and cross-disciplinary within inorganic chemistry and collaborates closely with research groups at the MPI-CEC and University Duisburg-Essen. Noticeable research themes include biochemistry, coordination chemistry, inorganic, and physical chemistry. A strong background and/or interest for the spectro-electrochemical characterization of copper-oxygen systems is desired.

Your Profile:

  • Completed master’s degree in chemistry or closely related field for PhD applicants. A completed PhD in inorganic/physical chemistry or a closely related field for postdoctoral candidates. Strong Master’s candidates will also be considered.
  • Documented scientific achievements
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • Eagerness to learn new techniques
  • Strong independent and creative work ethic
  • Talent to work as part of a team and participate in collaborative scientific research
  • Scientific software knowledge (Matlab preferred)
  • Electrochemistry knowledge (preferred)

Our Offer:

  • Opportunity to perform research in a collaborative, international community
  • Opportunity to learn/utilize advanced spectroscopic techniques
  • Access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and infrastructure
  • A three-year contract for PhD candidates, salary is in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists
  • An initial one-year contract with opportunity for renewal for postdoctoral candidates, salary based on the Collective Agreement for German Public Service (TVöD-Bund)

Application: The Max Planck Society is committed to employing disabled individuals and encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society strives to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are currently underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.

Please send your application documents, including a cover letter with description of intent, Curriculum vitae with publication list and contact information of two references, short (one page) description of previous research and current interests, directly to George Cutsail (george.cutsail(at) by 15 May 2020 with the reference code “GC002”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Application documents should be submitted in English and in a single PDF document.

Dr. George Cutsail

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion

Stiftstr. 34-36, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany



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