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Jobs & Training

We employ scientists in chemistry, engineering, physics, materials science, and mathematical modelling as well as staff in administrative and technical positions.

Vacancies and PhD Positions

Most of our current vacancies and PhD positions are posted on the KIT jobs page. For details on our PhD positions you may contact Patricia Jaeger or Christine Fischer. Vacancies not posted on the KIT website are included below.

Bachelors or Masters Thesis

Because we are an institute within the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and have close connections to other universities (including Darmstadt, Münster, Ulm, Gießen, Basel, and Strasbourg), we can supervise bachelor's or master's theses. To apply, please contact our research unit chairs and research groups.

PhD position funded by Marie Curie action

The project concerns application of voltage-driven reversible electrochemistry (surface chemistry and ion-exchange) to control magnetism. The research involves nanomagnetism, material science and electrochemistry. Please apply via the linked EURAXESS website.

EURAXESS project description
Master Thesis: Battery Research and Hydrogen Storage Materials

Work on developing a new electrolyte suitable for cycling Li-ion batteries at high temperature.

Job details

Theoretical Chemist (f/m/d) with completed doctorate


Category

Scientists / Engineers (master´s degree) (f/m/d)

Job description

A decisive strength and a unique selling point of Theoretical Chemistry in Karlsruhe is the development of cutting-edge methods and their implementation in high-performance quantum chemistry program packages. This competitive edge is to be maintained, respectively extended in the context of continuous further development and implementation of innovative and excellent methods in Theoretical Chemistry.

You will design, develop, implement, and apply highly innovative, excellent cutting-edge computational methods and computer programs for ab initio calculations of molecular properties. In particular, the focus lies on ab initio methods for modeling molecular optical properties and photochemical processes, with special emphasis on significantly improving the spectroscopic accuracy and precision of theoretical predictions to ultimately enable the inverse design of novel chromophores and materials for applications in optics and photonics. An close cooperation with experimentally working groups is essential. Furthermore, high-performance software such as the TURBOMOLE program package shall be continuously adapted and implemented to the modern novel computer architecture; in addition, you will design and implement individual tailor-made hardware solutions to ensure an optimal interaction of software and hardware. In addition, you will produce publications in internationally respected journals, apply for third-party funding projects, work independently in teaching, and mentor junior scientists.

Personal qualification

You have a university degree (Diplom (Uni) /Master) in theoretical chemistry with a completed PhD and habilitation or comparable academic achievement. Excellent knowledge of modern electron structure methods in theoretical chemistry, experience with highly accurate ab initio calculations of molecular structures as well as spectroscopic and thermochemical data are required. You have already gained years of experience in the development of cutting-edge computational methods and in the further development of quantum chemistry program packages using established software packages such as TURBOMOLE, especially for post-Hartree-Fock computational methods. In addition, you are experienced in programming with Fortran under UNIX/Linux including parallelization and have demonstrated years of experience in quantum chemical applications of these methods through close collaboration with experimentally working groups (evidenced by joint publications). Sound knowledge in the support of computational cluster infrastructure completes your profile. Proven successful acquisition of external funding is desirable.

Salary

Salary category 14, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

 

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Research associate (f/m/d) in the field of physics, chemistry or materials science
Part-time 50 %


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Scientists / Engineers (master´s degree) (f/m/d)

Job description

As part of the CRC 1441 TrackAct, you will use state-of-the-art UHV equipment for the controlled synthesis of well-defined model catalysts, which consist of size selected Pt-, Pd- and Pt-Pd clusters on different substrates. The catalytic activity of the as prepared catalysts will be characterized using an in situ chamber directly connected to the cluster deposition system. Additional methods such as scanning probe techniques and other surface analysis will be employed to characterize the morphology and surface properties of the deposited clusters. The catalytic performance, measured using model reactions, will be correlated to the cluster size, deposition energy, etc. In addition, samples for detailed TEM studies will be prepared. It is expected that the successful candidate will closely collaborate with the other projects in CRC 1441.
In addition to the scientific activity, there is the possibility of a part-time doctorate.

Personal qualification

You have a university degree (diploma (university)/ master's) of physics, chemistry or materials science and technical knowledge in the field of ultra-high vacuum. Basic knowledge in the field of physics, chemistry and material sciences, possibly in catalysis, is a prerequisite. Analytical skills to solve physical and technical problems, good English skills as well as the ability to work in a team complete your profile.

Salary

Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

 

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Research Associate (f/m/d) in the field of Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science
Part-time 50%


Category

Scientists / Engineers (master´s degree) (f/m/d)

Job description

As part of the Collaborative Research Center 'TrackAct' you will use state-of-the-art analytical (S)TEM techniques to characterize catalyst materials from exhaust gas treatment. You will develop in-situ/operando (S)TEM methods for the characterization of model systems in catalysis. The results of your structural characterization will be correlated with in-situ X-ray spectroscopic and tomographic studies to develop a systematic understanding of the structure-morphology-function relationship in conjunction with preparative groups and various modeling approaches. In addition, you will develop schemas to describe TEM investigations as part of a FAIR data management approach. In addition, you will publish your scientific results.
In addition to the scientific activity, there is the possibility of a part-time PhD.

Personal qualification

You have a university degree (Diplom (Uni)/ Master) in the field of physics, chemistry or material science. Basic physical knowledge with imaging and spectroscopic characterization methods from the field of electron microscopy and in the field of materials science and catalysis is a prerequisite. In addition, you have analytical ability to solve physical and technical questions, are a team player and have a very good command of English.

Salary

Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

 

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INT 01-21 Bachelorarbeit zum Thema: Porphyrin basierte Elektrodenmaterialien für neuartige Energiespeicher


Category

Final Thesis (Bachelor and Master Thesis)

Job description

Batterien wie sie in Handys, Laptops und Elektroautos verbaut sind, sind aus unserem heutigen Leben kaum wegzudenken. Seit der Kommerzialisierung durch Sony im Jahre 1991 haben Lithium-Ionen-Akkus immer mehr an Bedeutung gewonnen und stellen heutzutage die gängigsten Batterietypen dar. Nichtsdestotrotz sind sie durch die Verwendung von giftigen und selten vorkommenden Ausgangstoffen (Ressourcenproblem) für die Herstellung von Elektroden umstritten. Eine Alternative zu den typischen Lithiummetaloxiden stellen organische Elektrodenmaterialien dar, die aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen gewonnen werden können. Dazu gehört zum Beispiel die Stoffklasse der Porphyrine, die den Grundbaustein für bekannte Stoffe, wie das Hämoglobin, Chlorophyll oder Vitamin B12, bildet. In unserem Ansatz setzten wir auf das sogenannte Kupferporphyrin, welches die Leistungsfähigkeit von Batterien und Superkondensatoren verbessert und die Ladegeschwindigkeit extrem steigern kann. Porphyrine können durch ihre bipolaren Eigenschaften als Kathode und Anode benutzt werden. Außerdem kann durch minimale Veränderung der Mikrostruktur z.B. durch Polymerisationen die Stabilität der Elektroden verbessert werden. Je nach Anwendungsanforderung wird das Design des Elektrodenmaterials angepasst, um somit die bestmöglichen Resultate zu erzielen.

Personal qualification

Durch die Arbeit erhältst du die Möglichkeit dich mit neuartigen Batteriesystemen auseinanderzusetzten und Einblicke in technisch relevante und industrienahe Anwendungsgebiete zu erhalten. Neben elektrochemischen Grundkenntnissen, sind Kenntnisse fürs Arbeiten unter Schutzgasatmosphäre (Schlenkline, Glovebox, etc.) vorteilhaft, können aber auch im Laufe der Arbeit erworben werden. In erster Linie ist ein generelles Interesse am Thema der nachhaltigen Energiespeicherung und eine verantwortungsvolle Arbeitsweise im Labor entscheidend.

Studiengang: Chemie

 

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Materialwissenschaftlerin/ Materialwssenschaftler (w/m/d) oder Physikerin/ Physiker (w/m/d)
Teilzeit 75%


Category

Scientists / Engineers (master´s degree) (f/m/d)

Job description

Sie forschen in einem interdisziplinären Team an der Fragestellung zu druckbaren funktionalen Materialien auf strukturierten Substraten. Dabei untersuchen Sie, wie die auf dem Substrat abgeschiedenen Materialien benetzen und wie die Grenzflächenqualität beschaffen ist. Die Grenzflächen werden mittels Widerstandsmessungen und SEM-Aufnahmen analysiert. Mit den gewonnenen Kenntnissen entwickeln Sie Strategien zur Herstellung von gedruckten Widerstandsarrays. Diese Widerstandsarrays finden ihren Einsatz in der Verarbeitung von Sensordaten auf verschiedenen Gebieten wie der Biologie oder Wearables. Daher soll neben der Bearbeitung der materialwissenschaftlichen Aspekte auch in Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Doktoranden und Postdocs ein Entwurf für die elektronischen Lösungen der Ausleseelektronik in Sensoren entwickelt werden.
Neben der wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit besteht die Möglichkeit einer berufsbegleitenden Promotion.

Personal qualification

Sie verfügen über ein Hochschulstudium (Diplom (Uni)/ Master) der Materialwissenschaften oder der Physik. Experimentelle Kenntnisse in der Herstellung von funktionalen Tinten und dem Abscheiden mittels Druckverfahren auf flexiblen und festen Substraten setzen wir voraus. Interesse und die Fähigkeit zu interdisziplinärer Zusammenarbeit sind erforderlich und eine bereits abgeschlossene Promotion auf den genannten Gebieten ist von Vorteil.

Entgelt

EG 13, sofern die fachlichen und persönlichen Voraussetzungen erfüllt sind.

 

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Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate in Materials simulation for batteries (f/m/d)


Category

Scientists / Engineers (master´s degree) (f/m/d)

Job description

We seek an outstanding postdoctoral scientist (f/m/d) (physics/chemistry/materials scientist) to develop and apply simulation methods to problems of electrochemical energy storage. You work as a group leader in the EU project BIG-MAP and the Helmholtz-BASF project DigiCAM and coordinate the associated activities. In this context, you will develop a high-impact research portfolio in this area and supervise doctoral students. You will also participate in the formulation of applications for third-party funding. You will develop methods for multi-scale simulation of batteries and investigate new battery types, both in terms of the development of methods and their application. We expect you to publish your research results in leading national and international journals.

Personal qualification

Following a university degree (diploma (university)/ master's) in physics/chemistry/materials science  with a theoretical focus you have obtained an outstanding Ph.D. degree and gathered additional documented research experience. We expect several years of professional experience in the development and application of material science simulations for battery materials and in the simulation of the structure and function of battery materials. We require sound knowledge of electrochemistry, solid state physics/ chemistry as well as knowledge of the corresponding simulation methods, in particular density functional theory/ molecular dynamics. Programming knowledge (C ++, Fortran, Python, parallel algorithms), experience in the acquisition of third-party funds, in staff management, in the supervision of doctoral students and teaching experience complete your profile.

Salary

Salary category 14, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

 

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