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In the experimental hall of BESSY II: Tristan Petit at work

Doctoral Student (f/m/d) in Pump-Probe Ultrafast X-Ray Spectroscopy

Reference No.: PS 2024/6

In our Department for Atomic-Scale Dynamics in Light-Energy Conversion at the (HZB), we develop and employ ultrafast techniques based on laser, X-ray, and electron pulses to unravel elementary energy conversion pathways in photocatalytic, photovoltaic and photoswitching materials.
As a doctoral student you will work in the field of ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy on molecular and nanoscale materials for solar energy conversion. You will investigate excited-state dynamics in (photocatalytic) transition-metal complexes and other energy materials using state-of-the-art ultrafast spectroscopies in the lab and at synchrotrons (such as BESSY II) and X-ray free electron lasers. Such atomic-scale mechanistic studies are pivotal for the rational control and bottom-up design of novel photocatalytic materials for, e.g. for water splitting, CO2 reduction, and cross-coupling reactions in organic chemistry.

We make use of the unique time-resolved soft and hard X-ray spectroscopy capabilities at the BESSY II synchrotron, the femtosecond-resolved XUV spectroscopy setup in the Department for Locally-Sensitive & Time-Resolved Spectroscopy at HZB, and other national and international X-ray facilities.

As a graduate student in our team, you will be able to attend the graduate school Materials for Solar Energy Conversion (MatSEC).

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Fixed term contract for 48 months. The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

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We look forward to receiving your application via our application management system by 02.06.2024. For reasons of data protection regulations, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications that reach us by other means (such as email or mail) in the application process.

We very much want our workplace to be diverse, and welcome applications from people with different backgrounds. It is our mission to promote equal opportunities and to improve women’s representation in the workforce. We are therefore very interested in receiving applications from women. Where the qualifications are met, we will give preference to people with disabilities.

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