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PhD Student Position: Experimental investigation of angular and dichroic effects in photoemission of chiral molecules

News vom 28.10.2020

The Fritz-Haber-Institut (FHI) in Berlin-Dahlem is one of the most renowned institutes within the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's organization for basic research. At the FHI, scientists from all over the world are engaged in fundamental studies in the field of chemical physics at interfaces and surfaces, catalysis research and molecular physics.

In the Liquid Microjet group (PI: Dr. Bernd Winter, https://www.fhi.mpg.de/209380/Liquid-Jets) at the Department of Molecular Physics (MP) we have pioneered the technique of photoemission spectroscopy for research on the electronic structure and dynamics of liquids, most prominently aqueous solutions.

Within the ERC-funded project AQUACHIRAL we will add sensitivity on the chirality of hydrated molecules to photoelectron spectroscopy, with immediate relevance to biochemistry and chemical reaction science. Here we are offering a

PhD Student Position: Experimental investigation of angular and dichroic effects in photoemission of chiral molecules

In your work, you will demonstrate the influence of the handedness of organic molecules (amino acids, sugars) on their photoemission properties, thus establishing a novel technique, liquid-phase photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD), for research on chirality in aqueous solutions.

Your profile:

  • degree in Physics or Chemistry (M.Sc. level), preferentially with a specialization in either Atomic and Molecular Physics or Physical Chemistry,
  • strong experimental background,
  • willingness to participate in beamtimes at synchrotron radiation sources outside of Berlin.


The MP Department offers an international and diverse environment with outstanding capacity for forefront research in its field.

Your application should include:

• CV and Letter of motivation,

• Description of previous research and work experience,

• Degrees,

• Contact details of two potential referees.

Applications for this position are only accepted via our online application portal https://www.fhi.mpg.de/open-positions

Closing date: Applications will be accepted from immediately until November 30, 2020. We seek to fill the position for a start at Jan 1st 2021.

The FHI has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people are expressly welcome.

The FHI strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

The FHI aims to increase the proportion of women in those areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Bernd Winter and Dr. Uwe Hergenhahn, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Department of Molecular Physics, 14195 Berlin, Germany, email: winter and hergenhahn@fhi-berlin.mpg.de.

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