Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/div) in the field of plasma catalysis


The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as an insti­tute of the Max Planck Society for the Advance­ment of Science (registered association) is the largest centre for fusion research in Europe with about 1,100 employees in Garching near Munich and Greifs­wald. The scientists are investi­gating the physical principles for a fusion power plant which – like the sun – generates ener­gy from the fusion of light atomic nuclei. The research is carried out in seven experi­mental and theoretical pro­jects aimed at developing nuclear fusion into an inexhaustible and safe source of energy for the future.

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching offers within the ITER Techno­logy & Diagnostics (ITED) Division a position for a 


Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/div) 
in the field of plasma catalysis 


The plasma for gas conversion (P4G) group is wor­king on topic of plasma con­version of low energy molecules into value added chemicals, by using low tempera­ture plasmas. The research is contri­buting to power-to-gas initiative in the field of energy storage, hydro­gen technology, and chemical energy carriers. Currently the group operates two micro­wave experiments covering the pressure range from low to atmos­pheric pressure, and focusing on funda­mental understanding of the dominant CO2pathways with aim to opti­mize efficiency of the plasma CO2 con­version. The group is expanding towards the field of plasma cata­lysis (dry methane reforming, ammonia synthesis, etc.), operating both micro­wave plasmas and dielectric barrier discharges (DBD).

Your tasks

  • Design and application of experiments at various plasma con­ditions and for various catalytic surfaces

  • Identification, planning, and definition of possible in situ, in vacuo, and ex situ experi­ments for surface analysis

  • Execution, evaluation, and dissemination of the test results w.r.t. impli­cations for scientific advan­tage of plasma catalysis

  • Responsibility for the plasma catalysis laboratory

Your profile / Our requirements

  • Completed doctoral thesis, preferably in the field of plasma chemistry, plasma sur­face interaction, or catalysis

  • Experience in chemical reaction engineering, ther­mal and plasma catalysis, plasma chemistry

  • Experience in sur­face analysis techniques (e.g. XPS)

Your abilities

  • Strong ability to interpret experi­mental data

  • A strong scientific track record, including publi­cations in relevant peer-reviewed journals

We offer

  • An interesting job at one of the largest research institutes for fusion research

  • Flexible working hours

  • Training and further edu­cation opportunities

  • Company pension scheme

  • Family service and child­care facilities on the company premises

  • Further social benefits (e.g. capital-forming bene­fits, discounted public transport tickets)

The position is limited to a duration of three years. The salary is based on the assign­ment of tasks and qualifications and goes up to pay group 13 accor­ding to the collective agree­ment for the public sector (TVöD Bund).

The IPP seeks to increase the proportion of employed women in those areas where they are under­represented and explicitly en­courages women to apply for this position. The IPP is committed to employing more dis­abled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

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Are you interested?
Then we are looking forward to your complete online application until September 24, 2021.


The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

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Deadline: 2021-09-24
Location: Germany, Garching
Categories: Physics, Plasma Catalysis, Plasma Physics, Postdoc, Researcher,


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