PhD Student or Postdoc Position (m/f/d) | Methanol Synthesis

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg

Type of Job


Complex Systems Chemistry

Job offer from October 12, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Department of Physical and Chemical Foundations of Process Engineering (Head: Prof. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern), invites applications for a PhD student or Postdoc position (m/f/d). Subject of the work is the research project “Experimental investigation of forced periodic operation of methanol synthesis” which is funded for three years by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The project requires carrying out systematic experimental investigations to develop a novel dynamic reactor concept, which has the potential to improve the productivity of the heterogeneously catalyzed methanol synthesis exploiting feed gas streams rich in carbon dioxide. The obtained experimental results will provide the basis for process modeling and optimization performed jointly within an interdisciplinary team.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is limited for three years. The payment for this research work follows the guidelines of the collective agreement for the public service (E13 TVöD-Bund) including corresponding social benefits.


Suitable candidates hold a Master or PhD degree in chemical or process engineering, or a related discipline. Skills in setting up and operating laboratory reactors and analytical techniques are requested, complemented by a background in mathematical modeling. The willingness and competence to work in an international environment is expected. We offer the support for scientific qualification and close scientific exchange between national and international research teams.


The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck society is committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

The deadline for application is November 20, 2021.

To receive further information about the position, please contact Prof. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern ().

Please, send your application as one single pdf-document including application letter, curriculum vitae, certificates and references by e-mail to the following address:

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