Several PhD Positions (m/f/d) | Interfacial Ionics Group

 The Department of Interface Science headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya at the Fritz Haber Institute carries out cutting-edge research on advanced functional materials with applications in heterogeneous catalysis, energy conversion and electrochemistry. By combining unique synthesis methods, state-of-the art tools for experimental characterization and advanced approaches to data analysis, atomistic details of thermal catalysis and electrochemical reactions at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces are revealed. In particular, structure-reactivity correlations on nanostructured materials can be established, paving the way for the rational design of novel catalytic materials. 

The Interfacial Ionics group ( is looking for several PhD students in electrochemistry that are being hired as part of the ERC Starting Grant ORION. The projects cover ionic processes that occur inside the double layer at electrocatalyst-electrolyte interfaces. Reactions include NHand CH3OH oxidation, NO and CO2 reduction, as well as CO2 separation (for CO2 capture). Your main goal will be to study the ionic processes with fundamental electrochemistry and operando spectroscopy.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The PhD candidates are expected to graduate after three years.


We expect candidates to have a:

  • A strong MSc degree in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
  • Experience with Python, Matlab and/or Multiphysics simulations (e.g. COMSOL) is strongly preferred.
  • Experience at performing experiments with a high drive to solve scientific and instrumental challenges.
  • Excellent English skills.


Go to and submit your application via our online application portal as soon as possible but latest by October 1st, 2024 including the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • GPA and list of courses
  • Names and email addresses of three references

Applicants are being evaluated within 1-2 weeks after submitting their documents. Applications will be accepted from immediately until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Sebastian Oener (), Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6,14195 Berlin

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The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft endeavours to achieve gender equality and diversity. Furthermore the Max Planck Society aims to increase the participation of women in research. Therefore, applications by women are particularly welcome. The Max Planck Society is also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.


The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) is located in the quiet south-west of Gemany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

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