PhD Student (f/m/d)

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
January 15, 2023
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PhD Student (f/m/d)

Job Code: 77-22

Job Offer from December 20, 2022

The Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences is a leading international research institute of exceptional scientific breadth. With more than 40 research groups and some 1,000 employees from over 50 nations, it is the largest institute of the Max Planck Society.

The department Dynamics at Surfaces (Prof. Dr. Alec M. Wodtke) is inviting applications for a position as

PhD Student (f/m/d)

starting in February 2023. The research aims at unraveling photo-induced reactive and non-reactive chemical processes using femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy. In these experiments chemical transformations are triggered by a short laser pulse and the induced dynamics is monitored by measuring transient absorption spectra in the UV-Vis with a time-delayed femtosecond white light continuum or probe pulses in the mid-infrared, respectively.

The successful candidate will be involved in a recently funded research project to elucidate the sequence of events taking place during photo-induced proton coupled electron transfer (PCET). The transfer of multiple electrons and protons plays an important role in many biological systems and is required for the generation of solar fuels, e.g. during water oxidation, reduction of CO2 or conversion of CO to methanol. For the proposed studies novel specially designed transition metal complexes are used which serve as model compounds to gain thorough physical understanding of excited state PCET with a time resolution down to 100 fs using ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy.

Your Profile

The candidate should hold a Master's or equivalent degree in chemistry, physical chemistry, physics or a related subject. Experiences in working with short-pulse lasers, optics as well as programming skills are advantageous.

What we offer

  • Interesting and varied work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • A wide range of offers to help you balance work and family life: on-campus kindergarten places including vacation care, parent-child offices, etc.
  • Further training opportunities and language courses
  • Cafeteria with a wide range of meals plus an espresso bar
  • Health management: free fitness and yoga room, sports groups, course offerings for a "moving break"
  • Initiatives for sustainability and a green environment with a new biotope
  • Position Details

    The PhD position is limited to three years with the possibility of extension. Payment and benefits are based on the German Public Service Payscale (TVöD Bund) guidelines. PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in one of several available PhD programs in collaboration with the University of Göttingen.

    The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and, therefore, encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society strives for diversity and gender equality and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

    Please send your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, transcript of records, contact names and addresses of two to four referees familiar with the work of the candidate preferably via e-mail as one single PDF file until January 15, 2023 to

    Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences Department of Dynamics at Surfaces Director: Prof. Dr. Alec M. Wodtke Group Leader: Prof. Dr. Dirk Schwarzer Am Fassberg 11 37077 Göttingen Germany

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