Postdoctoral positions 2 years 39,83 hours/week

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07.12.2018 - 08:16


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities in Germany. As a reform oriented Campus University, it uniquely unites the entire range of the major scientific disciplines in one place. The dynamic coexistence of subjects and subject cultures offers researchers and students alike special opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation.

In the Molecular Nanostructures group ( at the Centre for Electrochemistry, 39.83 hours per week are to be filled as soon as possible. The advertised position is limited to a period of 24 month.

We invite applications for a two-year research position in an interdisciplinary project at the postdoctoral level. You will explore research at the interface of chemistry and electrochemistry in a diverse team of experts.

Project Description:

The efficient generation and conversion of hydrogen is paramount to the security of our future energy supplies. We aims to enable the implementation of economically viable H2/H+ catalysts based on earth-abundant elements. To date, these catalysts suffer from deactivation pathways, rendering them unfit for large scale technological applications. Using a biological catalyst, hydrogenase, as a model system, the researcher will redefine the catalyst environment by engineering of a protecting matrix, which will enable the application of intrinsically sensitive catalysts for the generation of chemical fuels such as hydrogen.

The postdoc will engineer state-of-the-art viologen polymers films such that H2 evolution is achieved via embedded hydrogenases. Secondly the postdoc will aim to remove the O2 induced catalyst deactivation by developing a catalyst which reduces oxygen to H2O at low overpotentials, essential for the overall long term stability of the hydrogenase (and potentially novel) catalytic systems, thereby opening the doorway for exploration into previously devalued oxygen-sensitive earth-abundant catalysts for hydrogen fuel production.  More detail concerning the cutting-edge status of bioelectrocatalysis in our group can be found in:

Plumeré, N., Rüdiger, O., Oughli, A. A., Williams, R., Vivekananthan, J., Pöller, S., … Lubitz, W. (2014). A redox hydrogel protects hydrogenase from high-potential deactivation and oxygen damage. Nature Chemistry, 6(9), 822–827.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

Are you interested?

Then we look forward to receiving your detailed application including a cover letter, CV, Publications list and contact detail of three references, which you should send by e-mail (single PDF file) to Dr. Tobias Vöpel,

Unfortunately, travel costs for job interviews cannot be reimbursed. 

At Ruhr-University we want to promote the careers of women in the areas in which they are underrepresented and are therefore very happy about female applicants. Applications from suitable severely disabled and equal applicants are also very welcome.


Your Profile:

Graduate of a University with excellent academic standing and a doctorate in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biophysics, or relevant discipline. Previous experience in electrochemistry is essential, with experience in one following desirable: Electrocatalysis, Bioelectrochemistry, coupled Electrochemistry and spectroscopic techniques such as time-resolved absorption and fluorescence, Polymer Chemistry, or Biochemistry of Hydrogenases. We seek a candidate motivated by the strongly interdisciplinary nature of this research project and shows enthusiasm towards further diversifying their skillsets in order to meet the outlined challenges. Good organizational skills, relevant scientific track and good publication record are preferable. Excellent communication and presentation skills in spoken and written English are required, German is desirable. Lastly, we seek a highly enthusiastic researcher, keen to work independently, cooperate alongside a highly skilled and diversified team, and lead a research project of their own.

We offer you the integration into a dedicated working group, a varied and interdisciplinary activity, intensive support and the possibility of further scientific training.

  • Employment at one of the largest universities in Germany within the UA Ruhr 
  • Demanding and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility and a committed team
  • Payment and other social benefits according to TV-L
  • Family-friendly work environment (e.g. with own day care center on campus)
  • A contract based on the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L). Classification is according to pay group 13 TV-L, depending on personal experience.





Art der Beschäftigung



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Herr Dr. Tobias Vöpel
44780 Bochum
+49 234 3229092

Weitere Informationen

Institut / Einrichtung
Center for Electrochemical Sciences, WG Molecular Nanostructures
Zeitraum der Beschäftigung
Limited; 24 month
Freitag, 15. Februar 2019 - 23:59