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Group Leader Scientist

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

Göttingen, Germany

The department “Dynamics at Surfaces” (Prof. Dr. Alec M. Wodtke) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen is looking to appoint a Group Leader.

The aim of the department is to gain a detailed understanding of the elementary processes relevant to surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis. Theoretical understanding of surface chemistry will eventually become a tool to design new chemical technology including: heterogeneous (photo) catalysts, photovoltaics, fuel cells etc. To reach this goal, we require advances in theories of atomic and molecular interactions at interfaces. Applying cutting-edge laser, molecular beam, and ultrahigh vacuum technology to design well-defined experiments, our dept. strives to provide benchmark measurements which set standards for the next generation of theoretical advance.

Your tasks

The successful candidate will build up and lead a new cooperative research group located at the Dalian Coherent Light Source and be jointly mentored by Alec M. Wodtke and Xueming Yang. A new surface science end-station will be used together with the newly commissioned free electron laser to carry out surface scattering experiments with electronically state-selected atomic beams with tunable translational energy. The group will benefit from 20 % of the DCLS beam time. It is envisioned that the group will rapidly grow to include 4 to 5 experimental PhD students and one post-doctoral scientist. Fruitful interplay with members of the dept.’s theoretical group is envisioned.

Your profile

Potential candidates should hold a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, physical chemistry, physics or a related subject. Post-doctoral experience is advantageous as experience in working with high power short-pulse lasers, free electron lasers, optics, programming and vacuum technologies.

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