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PhD positions at the International Max Planck Research School SurMat – Interface Controlled Materials for Energy Conversion

Our structured, three-year doctoral programme, conducted entirely in English, takes an intensive interdisciplinary approach and brings together scientists from across the globe in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region of Germany. Partner institutes of the IMPRS-SurMat are the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Duesseldorf, the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Muelheim, the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion in Muelheim, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Universität Duisburg-Essen and the Technische Universität Dortmund.

Open Positions 5
Time Span 01 Nov 2017 for 3 years
Application Deadline 25 Aug 2017
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD – Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
Subjects Materials Science
Description PhD positions are currently available on computational and experimental projects.


The research focuses on materials-related questions motivated by energy conversion, including, e. g., photovoltaics, electrochemistry, structural materials.
High performance computational facilities are available, as well as cutting edge surface and interface analytical techniques within the laboratories associated to the IMPRS-SurMat and excellent opportunities for collaborations.

Students holding an excellent master’s degree in chemistry, physics, materials science, mechanical engineering or related subjects are invited to apply.
The school offers funding, the application of students with own funding is also welcome.

Requirements Students holding an excellent Master’s degree in Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or related subjects can apply for admission.
Working Language
  • English
Language of Dissertation
  • English
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
More Information



International Max Planck Research School SurMat • Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH
Elke Gattermann
Max-Planck-Str. 1
40237 Düsseldorf

Phone: 0211-6792476

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