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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty II - Insti­tute of Chem­istry / Bas­Cat, Uni­Cat-BASF Joint Lab

Research Assist­ant - 0.66 work­ing time - salary grade 13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len - 1st qual­i­fic­a­tion period (PhD)
Bas­Cat - Hete­ro­geneous Cata­lysis - PhD can­did­ate

In 2011 the Cluster of Excel­lence “Uni­fy­ing Con­cepts in Cata­lysis” (Uni­Cat) and the chem­ical com­pany BASF SE foun­ded the new joint lab Bas­Cat, an aca­demic insti­tu­tion includ­ing about 15 sci­ent­ists (PhDs, Postdocs) at the Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin. Het­ero­gen­eous cata­lysis is cru­cial for meet­ing the chal­lenges of our future. The part­ners of Bas­Cat are ded­ic­ated to improve our fun­da­mental under­stand­ing of het­ero­gen­eous cata­lysis, to trans­fer this under­stand­ing to a new rational design concept for indus­tri­ally rel­ev­ant cata­lysts, and to bring these cata­lysts to applic­a­tion in industry.

Work­ing field:

The research pro­ject is ded­ic­ated to het­ero­gen­eous cata­lysis and car­ried out by multi-dis­cip­lin­ary teams. The work con­sists of eval­u­ation of cata­lysts and kin­etic stud­ies. Exper­i­ments are car­ried out using par­al­lel test­ing units for 4 to 8 cata­lysts and single tube react­ors. Cata­lysts are tested and com­pared in screen­ing tests. Selec­ted cata­lysts will be stud­ied in para­met­ers field tests and tran­si­ent exper­i­ments. Reac­tion mech­an­isms and reac­tion net­works will be for­mu­lated based on the cata­lytic data and eval­u­ated by kin­etic mod­el­ling (microkin­etic and formal kin­et­ics). New cata­lyst design con­cepts for our syn­thesis team will be estab­lished based on the mech­an­istic insights. Aca­demic teach­ing in the scope of the Insti­tute of Chem­istry is man­dat­ory (2,7 course hours per week).

Require­ments:

Suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in chem­istry or chem­ical engin­eer­ing with above-aver­age suc­cess. You have expert­ise in indus­trial chem­istry and an in-depth under­stand­ing of het­ero­gen­eous cata­lysis. Prac­tical exper­i­ence in plan­ning and con­duct­ing cata­lytic tests and in pro­cessing of cata­lytic data is help­ful. A strong interest in applied math­em­at­ics and com­pu­ta­tional sim­u­la­tion is man­dat­ory.
You have strong com­mu­nic­a­tion skills and the abil­ity to develop innov­at­ive solu­tions by work­ing in multi-dis­cip­lin­ary teams. Flu­ency in Ger­man and Eng­lish is con­sidered as a plus.

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber and the usual doc­u­ments (in par­tic­u­lar cover let­ter, CV, copy of the cer­ti­fic­ates of your Mas­ter or Dip­lom, a sum­mary of your mas­ter thesis and a pub­lic­a­tion record) prefer­ably by email in a single pdf file to contact@bascat.tu-berlin.de or in writ­ing to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fak­ultät II, Insti­tut für Chemie, Bas­Cat,Uni­Cat BASF Joint­Lab, z.Hd. Frau Tous­saint, Sekr. EW K 0-1, Harden­bergstr. 36, 10623 Ber­lin.

To ensure equal oppor­tun­it­ies between women and men, applic­a­tions by women with the required qual­i­fic­a­tions are expli­citly desired. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­ginal doc­u­ments will not be returned.

The vacancy is also avail­able in Ger­man on the inter­net at http://www.personalabteilung.tu-berlin.de/menue/jobs/