Dr.  Katrin Wunderlich
Dr. Katrin Wunderlich
Phone:+49 6131 379-541

Job Offer from January 31, 2019

The department of Professor T. Weil at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz has an opening for a PhD position in biomaterials science.

Job Description

This project focuses on the design of thin polymeric films with photosensitizers. Chemical functionalization of the photosensitizers will enable coupling to catalytic units for hydrogen production.
The PhD student will work on an interdisciplinary project between chemistry and materials science.
Interaction with partners working in the field of spectroscopy and photocatalysis is part of the project.
The whole project aims to create fundamental understanding of the underlying mechanisms in photocatalytic water splitting. These mechanisms are of paramount importance to guide the design of new engineered materials for industrial applications.

Qualifications of the candidate

The ideal candidate will have an excellent Master degree in Chemistry or Materials Science with a strong background in polymer chemistry and biomaterials. Experience in the characterization of thin films (XPS, AFM, SEM) and electrochemistry is a plus, but not a must.
Besides well-founded chemical expertise, a keen interest in materials science questions is expected. We are looking for team players that are able to independently plan and execute their research tasks within a larger project consortium. He/she should have the ability to think creatively and combine an excellent command of the English language with strong communication skills. Highly motivated students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our offer

The position is for 3 years. Starting date will be as soon as possible. The PhD student will receive a compensation according to level 13 (50%) of the contracts for the civil service (TVöD, Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst). The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply and the Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.


We look forward to receiving your application with a CV (including a list of 2 potential references), a letter of motivation as well as transcripts of marks for your degree(s) (master and bachelor) to Dr. Katrin Wunderlich (e-mail address: Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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