Colloids and interfaces consist of very small or thin structures with linear dimensions between nanometers and micrometers. On the one hand, the possible structures represent a „world of hidden dimensions“. On the other hand, the dynamics and structures of these small entities determine the behavior of much larger systems such as organisms.
The Department of Colloids Chemistry (Director Prof. Dr. M. Antonietti) at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany invites applications from outstanding young scientists for the position of
Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d)
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the field of materials science with a strong background in analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy. The postdoctoral researcher will study fundamental aspects of the formation, transformation and self-organization of different materials and colloidal systems, with specific focus on nanoscale phenomena at soft-hard interfaces. The nature of hybrid composites presents a suite of challenges, making establishing structure-property relationships in such materials especially difficult. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to dedicate special attention to developing strategies to mitigate beam-induced damage while obtaining sufficient contrast to resolve nanoscale details of such interfaces.
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person, who can work independently and collaborate efficiently with other members of the institute. Applicants should have a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science or a closely related discipline and proven experience in transmission electron microscopy and related spectroscopy techniques applied to nanostructured materials. Additional experience in in-situ TEM measurements would be advantageous. The candidate should have good communication skills in English (both written and spoken).
We offer a dynamic and stimulating international work environment with state-of-the-art instrumentation and opportunities for developing personal skills and independence. Payment follows the German collective wage agreement for government service workers (TVöD-Bund) and depends on qualifications and professional experience.