Postdoc - EPR Spectroscopy of Metallorganic Compounds

The group of EPR Spectroscopy of Metallorganic Compounds at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr is currently seeking a highly motivated

PostDoc Researcher (m/f/d)

to employ and apply advanced inorganic spectroscopic techniques to characterize (bio)inorganic copper systems and their reactivity with dioxygen.  Our group studies both the formation and cleavage of O-O bonds by copper water oxidation catalysts and copper monooxygenase proteins, respectively.  A variety of spectroscopic techniques, including advanced EPR, X-ray, and optical spectroscopies are employed to characterize a variety of intermediates.  The group’s research is very multi and crossdisciplinary within chemistry. Noticeable research themes include biochemistry, coordination chemistry, inorganic, and physical chemistry.

The successful candidate will be integrated into a research group administered jointly between the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and the University of Duisburg-Essen.  The position with an initial one-year contract with the possibility of extension is available as soon as possible.

Your Profile:

  • A PhD in inorganic/physical chemistry or a closely related field
  • Documented scientific achievements
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • Eagerness to learn new techniques
  • Independent and creative work ethic
  • Talent to work as part of a team and participate in collaborative scientific research
  • Scientific software knowledge (Matlab preferred)
  • Inorganic synthesis or electrochemical technique 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
  • An initial one-year contract with opportunity for renewal
  • Salary based on the Collective Agreement for German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

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 Dec. 2019 with the reference code “GC001”. 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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