Post-doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) Experimental Plasma Catalysis

Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching

Type of Job


Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Job Code: 21/082

Job offer from November 15, 2021

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 1100 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 department ITER Technology & Diagnostics (ITED) a position for a Post-doctoral researcher (m/f/d) 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 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 CO2 pathways 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 development of plasma sources for various plasma conditions and different plasma-surface interactions
  • Identification, planning and definition of possible in-situ, in-vacuo, and ex-situ experiments for plasma source characterization and surface analysis
  • Execution, evaluation and dissemination 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 & 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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Then we are looking forward to your complete online application until 08.12.2021.
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