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Research Associate (f/m/d)


Institut für Technische Chemie und Polymerchemie (ITCP)

Ihre Aufgaben

The group of Prof. Dr. Deutschmann is currently seeking to recruit a Research Associate (f/m/d) for work on a project in the field of development and validation of models for dynamic description of catalytic surface reactions.

The opportunity for a doctorate is given.

The group works on the development of climate and environmentally friendly chemical technologies. Research activities include carbon-free chemical energy carriers, emission control, fuel and electrolysis cells, reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, material synthesis, and multiphase flows. The methods used range from laser spectroscopy and kinetic measurements over digitalization and software development to numerical simulation and optimization of technical reactors. A very strong focus of the group is the development of models and computer codes for description and numerical simulation in reaction engineering and catalysis.

The focus of the actual project is the elementary-step mechanism of CO and CH4 oxidation over noble metal-based catalysts (Pt/Pd). Of particular interest is the dynamics of structural changes as a function of reaction conditions and reacting atmosphere on the activity of the active site(s). For the goal to be achieved, microkinetic models (based on mean-field approximation) will be developed accounting for varying size of nanoparticles and oxidation states employing data from Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. These microkinetic models will be used for numerical simulations of different reactor scales (lab scale reactors to full scale catalytic converters). By interpolation of the simulation results with experimental data, models for the dynamic changes of the catalytic surface shall be derived.


as soon as possible

Ihre Qualifikation

  • You must have an excellent university degree (Master) or a PhD in the field of Physics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or related technical subjects.
  • A profound knowledge and experience in the field of (micro)kinetic modeling of catalytic reactions, numerical simulation and programming (e.g. Python) are required.
  • In addition, good knowledge of the English language in word and writing are expected.
  • Good German language skills are beneficial.
  • Besides the professional qualification, strong commitment, team spirit, independent and self-responsible working is requested.


Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Contract duration


Application up to


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For further information, please contact Dr. M. Hettel, phone +49 721 608-44269 or visit

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Ausschreibungsnummer: 2060/2023

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