Ausschreibungs-ID: fb15-0028-wmz-2022


Entry date:


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


3 years


Volume of employment:
part-time (50%)

Established in 1527, Philipps-Universität offers excellent teaching for approximately 22,000 students. With research in a wide spectrum of science, it faces the important issues of our time.

The Department of Chemistry, research group of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Tallarek, offers a position for a

Research assistant (PhD student)

The position is offered for a period of 3 years, if no former times of qualification must be considered. The starting date is October 1, 2022. The position is part-time (50 % of regular working hours) with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state of Hessen, Germany (TV-H E13, 50 %).

The position is funded by the DFG (the German Research Foundation) through the Collaborative Research Center 1333 “Molecular Heterogeneous Catalysis in Confined Geometries“. The CRC 1333 is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Stuttgart with 16 individual research projects involving also external partners at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research and at the Universities of Paderborn, Marburg and Bochum.


More than 50 researchers from 19 groups collaborate to acquire the fundamental understanding of how confinement can synergistically support catalytic reactions with molecular catalysts within small mesopores.This involves the challenging tasks of analyzing and quantifying how specific pore properties influence e.g. reactivity and diffusivity and which are the underlying mechanisms. Finally, we aim to develop hybrid catalyst systems that enable more efficient chemical-catalytic production processes or even open completely new reaction pathways. For this, we require the concerted effort of researchers from catalysis, materials sciences, analytical sciences and theory.

  • Continuous-flow microreactors and multidimensional on-line analytics for catalytic reaction kinetics studies under spatial confinement

The position is limited to a time period deemed adequate for the completion of a doctoral degree. As part of the assigned duties, there will be ample opportunity to conduct the independent scientific research necessary for the completion of a doctorate. The limitation complies to § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.


The position requires a University Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, preferably with a major in Analytical Chemistry, or in Materials Science. Specifically, we would like to encourage candidates with the following qualifications to apply:

  • Knowledge in instrumental analytical chemistry and separation science
  • Very good oral and written English language skills
  • Above-average academic achievements
  • Identification with the multidisciplinary nature of the collaborative research center (catalysis, materials science, analytical chemistry, theory and simulation science) and the enthusiasm to learn beyond your individual research topic
  • Willingness to actively participate in CRC events and qualification measures

Disposition to own scientific qualification is expected. All doctoral researchers of CRC 1333 are part of a structured graduate program integrated within the graduate academy of University of Stuttgart GRADUS. The CRC will ensure an interdisciplinary doctoral education and give opportunity for interdisciplinary scientific exchange with the possibility to attend and organize workshops, seminars and various conferences on an international level. We enable our researchers to gain the maximum insight from their results by training in modern research data management, we finance research stays abroad and we can offer special child care options for CRC staff.

We actively support the professional development of junior researchers by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office, the Higher Education Didactics Office and the Human Resources Development Office.

Contact for further information

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Tallarek

+49 6421 28-25727


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. A reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.

Applicants should send their electronic application (one pdf file) including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, list of two potential referees, and copies of certificates of academic grades to Closing date is August 21, 2022, reference number fb15-0028-wmz-2022.

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