Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/div) in the field of experimental 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 one of the leading centres for fusion research and is engaged in developing the physical foundations for a future fusion power plant. The institute is affiliated to the European Fusion Programme.

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

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

  • Designing and developing of plasma sources for various plasma conditions and different plasma-surface interactions
  • Identification, planning, and defining of possible in-situ, in-vacuo, and ex-situ experiments for plasma source characterization and surface analysis
  • Executing, evaluating, and disseminating of the test results w.r.t. performance of plasma sources and implications for scientific advantage of plasma catalysis

Your profile

  • Completed doctoral thesis, preferably in the field of plasma physics or plasma chemistry
  • Experience in the development of dielectric barrier discharges (DBD)
  • Know-how regarding the scientific / experimental operation and characterization of DBD plasma sources
  • Experience with DBD plasma sources for investigation of plasma-surface interactions (e.g. packed-bed DBD reactors)
  • Know-how in computational fluid dynamics (Ansys Fluent, COMSOL Multiphysics) is an advantage

Your abilities

  • Strong capability to design plasma discharges for plasma catalysis
  • Strong ability to conceptualize and perform experimental campaigns accompanied by curiosity-driven interest in data analysis
  • High motivation to contribute to the usage of plasma catalysis in the power-to-gas initiative
  • A strong scientific track record, including publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals


  • Interesting and diversified tasks related to topic relevant for the upcoming energy transition in Germany, Europe, and worldwide
  • 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 December 8th, 2021.

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

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Deadline: 2021-12-08
Location: Germany, Garching
Categories: Experimental Physics, Plasma Catalysis, Plasma Physics, Postdoc, Researcher,


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