Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)


Probing the chirality of catalytically active sites with scanning tunneling microscopy

The Department of Topological Quantum Chemistry (MPI CPfS, Dresden) headed by Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser performs cutting-edge research on advanced topological materials, with a focus on both fundamental and application-oriented perspectives.

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented

Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

to join our dynamic research team in the field of Chiral Heterogenous Catalysis.  

Project Overview

This position offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects with a focus on scanning tunneling microscopy, chiral heterogenous catalysts, topological surface states, and the control of chiral induced spin selective (CISS) phenomena. The successful candidate will be a key contributor to our groundbreaking research aimed at advancing catalytic systems with topological surface states and chiral active sites. State-of-the art scanning tunneling microscopy techniques will be used to address questions concerning topological surface effects on oxygen reduction reactions (OER), hydrogen evolution reactions (HER), and enantioselective molecule adsorption. 


  • PhD degree in physical chemistry, condensed matter, material sciences, or related fields.
  • Strong background in ultrahigh-vacuum surface science techniques (ideally scanning tunneling microscopy)
  • Outstanding team players who can work in a fast-paced and highly dynamic environment.
  • Good English Skills (working language at the Institute).

Our offer

  • Conduct experimental research in the area of surface sciences and chiral heterogenous catalysis.
  • State-of-the-art scanning tunneling microscopy equipment and infrastructure to investigate the structure and behavior of chiral catalysts down to the atomic level.
  • Become part of the Max Planck–UBC–UTokyo Centre for Quantum Materials.
  • The project will be conducted collaboratively between the TQC department (Prof. Felser) at MPI CPfS in Dresden (20% of time), Germany, and the Laboratory for Atomic Imaging Research (Prof. Burke), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Position according to the German public pay scale (TVöD). The appointment is for two years (extension possible). 
  • The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.
  • The Max Planck Society is committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Your application

Please, submit your application to, including the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page letter of motivation
  • Certificates and transcripts and a statement of past research accomplishments
  • List of publications
  • Names and email addresses of two academic references 

Applications will be accepted from immediately until the position is filled. We look forward to your application. Detailed information about MPI CPfS via, the Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Centre for Quantum Materials via, and the UBC Quantum Matter Institute via  


Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids

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Location: Germany, Dresden, Sachsen
Categories: Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Microscopy, PhD, Physical Chemistry ,


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