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

Research Assist­ant (PhD can­did­ate) - 0.66 work­ing time - salary grade 13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len
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:

Within the pro­ject the rela­tion­ships between react­iv­ity in select­ive oxid­a­tion reac­tions and chem­ical com­pos­i­tion, bulk struc­ture, particle size, mor­pho­logy, and act­ive phase-sup­port-inter­ac­tions are invest­ig­ated. The work includes syn­thesis and modi­fic­a­tion of metal oxides by dif­fer­ent meth­ods inor­ganic syn­thesis chem­istry, e.g. hydro­thermal and sol-gel syn­thesis, pre­cip­it­a­tion, or fix­a­tion of met­al­or­ganic pre­curs­ors, but also via tech­niques for sur­face modi­fic­a­tion like Chem­ical Vapor Depos­ition or Atomic Layer Depos­ition. The syn­thes­ized mater­i­als will be invest­ig­ated via spec­tro­scopy and other physico-chem­ical meth­ods after defined pre­treat­ment or under work­ing con­di­tions of cata­lysis (oper­ando, in situ). Selec­ted cata­lysts will also be tested in select­ive oxid­a­tion reac­tions.

Require­ments:

Suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in chem­istry with above-aver­age suc­cess. You have expert­ise in inor­ganic chem­istry and phys­ical chem­istry and an in-depth under­stand­ing of het­ero­gen­eous cata­lysis. Exper­i­ence in inor­ganic syn­thesis or spec­tro­scopy is an advant­age.
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/