Postdoctoral scientist Position in Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany

Designation/Position- Postdoctoral scientist

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany, Germany invites application for Postdoctoral scientist position from for eligible and interested candidates 

About- Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) operates two large facilities for materials research: the neutron source BER II and the synchrotron source BESSY II, which provide deep insights into the structure of materials and the processes within complex systems. Other important focuses of HZB research are thin film photovoltaics and solar fuels. Each year around 3,000 scientists use the HZB infrastructure facilities. 

Research/Job Area- Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related field

Location- Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), Germany


  • Completed PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related field
  • Experiences in (photoemission) spectroscopy, solid state physics and/or thin film synthesis are desired
  • Experience in (photo)electrochemistry, ideally in PECs
  • Experience in vacuum systems
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Enthusiasm, experimental skills and team-oriented work ethic

Job/Position Description- The Young Investigator Group ‘Operando Interfacial Photochemistry’ is hiring a postdoc for X-ray-spectroscopy measurements of the electronic structure at electrolyte-anode interfaces in photoelectrochemical cells (PECs).
A major challenge is the development of stable, cheap and abundant electrode materials for PECs to enhance the photoanode properties in terms of efficient water-splitting. These challenges can only be mastered, if the inter-atomic interactions at the solid-liquid interface are completely understood. For this, non-radiation relaxation processes as well as induced electron and charge transfer processes at the interface will be investigated by resonant photoelectron spectroscopy.

Fixed term contract for 24 months . The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).


  • Synthesis and physico-chemical characterization of model (photo-) electrocatalysts for photoelectrochemical cells (PECs), and performing (photo-)electrochemical and in-operando X-ray spectroscopic electronic-structure experiments of these PECs
  • Writing beamtime proposals and performing  photoelectron spectroscopic experiments using the ambient-pressure SOL³PES Station
  • Active participation in beamtimes at the BESSY II synchrotron radiation facility, i.e. if necessary, technical, administrative and scientific support for external users, collaboration partners and inhouse group members during their beamtime at BESSY II
  • Writing scientific publications and presenting the results at international conferences and workshops
  • Co-supervision of Phd students

How to Apply- Eligible and interested candidates can apply online.

For Contact- Dr. Robert Seidel
+49 30 8062 15302
[email protected]

Last Date for Apply– 12 October 2018.

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