The newly established Laboratory for Aerosols, Clusters and Environment at the Chair of Physical Chemistry (prof. U. Heiz) of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany offers a PhD Position (66% TV-L E13) in Chemistry for Development of the State-of-the-Art Instrument for Aerosol Nucleation.

The position is funded by the German Research Foundation as part of an Emmy Noether starting grant focusing on the molecular understanding of new particle formation – one of the most critical atmospheric process with strong impact on climate and air quality. The project is centered on the development of a new experimental approach for aerosol nucleation combining multi-collisional conditions in ion traps, which integrates the complexity of large-scale aerosol chamber experiments with detailed insight of molecular beam techniques.

Prospective candidates have a degree in chemistry, physics or related fields and are highly motivated to work with sophisticated experimental setups. They have a willingness to learn about new techniques, good communication skills in English and enjoy working in a team atmosphere. While not strictly required, experience in instrumentation development is beneficial, since the major task is setting up the instrument. Previous laboratory experience with mass spectrometry, cluster science, electronics, and vacuum technology will also be of an advantage. The candidates are selected based on equal selection criteria, focused on their academic excellence and their commitment to science. Please note that severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

TUM, as one of the leading research universities in Europe, fosters intense collaborations with partners among different disciplines internationally, but also locally between universities (LMU Munich) and numerous research institutes (Max Planck Institutes, Helmholtz Center, etc.) located at the university campus and the greater city area. In line with this mission, the Chair of Physical Chemistry offers excellent research opportunities in a stimulating and friendly environment with a state-of-the-art infrastructure and interdisciplinary exchange in a close collaboration with world-leading scientists around the globe.

Interested applicants shall send their application to Jozef Lengyel ( Applications should include a CV, a letter of motivation (max. 1 page), and the contact details of two potential references.

Applications will be reviewed starting September 1, 2020 until the position is filled. The position is available from January 1, 2021 for a duration of three years.


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