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Research Associate/PhD Position

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, research group Process Systems Engineering, invites applications for a
Research associate position / PhD position
Payment follows TVöD E13.

The advertised position is embedded into the research unit “Multiscale analysis of complex three phase systems: Oxygen reduction reaction on Gas Diffusion Electrodes in aqueous electrolytes” (FOR 2397) which is funded by German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is limited to three years.
Gas diffusion electrodes (GDE) are complex composite structures which play a decisive role in different technically important electrochemical processes like fuel cells and metal-air batteries. With respect to renewable energy transition, it is expected that these systems get in future on major importance. The goal of the research unit, including 7 research teams at universities and research institutes throughout Germany, is to understand and quantify complex interactions between reaction and transport processes in the GDE and their influence on GDE performances. The focus of subproject in Magdeburg is on model based analysis of oxygen reduction reaction kinetics.

Requirements: Suitable candidates hold a Diploma degree or a Master degree in the chemical or process engineering, or related disciplines. Marks should be clearly above average. Good knowledge of reaction engineering, chemical kinetics and mathematical modeling is expected. The experience in electrochemistry is an advantage. The task requires a high level of both experimental and theoretical skills and creativity. The willingness and competence to work and publish scientifically in an interdisciplinary and international environment is expected.

We offer the support for further scientific qualification, integration into young and dynamic team and close scientific exchange between the participating institutions in the DFG research unit.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Furthermore, the Max-Planck society is committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals

Contact detail

How to apply:
preferably by e-mail
Send application to
Please, send your application documents, including curriculum vitae and references, before 15.08.2016, by e-mail (preferred) or by post to the following address:
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Dr. –Ing. Tanja Vidakovic-Koch
Sandtorstraße 1
39106 Magdeburg, Germany
E-Mail: vidakovic@mpi-magdeburg.mpg.de
Please send your E-Mail application with the subject “FOR2397 PhD application”.

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Working place
39106 Magdeburg
Area of expertise
Chemical & Process Engineering, Chemistry