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Academic Employee/PhD Student (f/m/d) (75%)
Promotional topic: Engineered optimized coatings of catalytic monoliths via advanced robot-controlled methods

Organizational unit

Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)

Job description

The advertised PhD position focuses on the development and in-depth testing of structured noble metal-based materials for the reduction of emissions such as CO, hydrocarbons or volatile organic compounds as a central core in the Collaborative Research Center CRC1441. Specifically, various metal and oxide substrates (e.g. honeycombs or monoliths) will be loaded with catalytic materials consisting of noble metal and cerium oxide or titanium/aluminium oxides and investigated with respect to oxidation activity. These nanoparticles represent the catalytically active species, so an in-depth understanding of their formation and growth is essential. For this purpose, both laboratory and synchrotron techniques will be employed.

A further goal is the development of advanced robot-controlled methods that allow the preparation of structured catalysts using also complex 3D-printed substrates.

Together with partners at KIT and external groups, novel microreactors for the in situ studies as well as robot-controlled deposition apparatuses will be developed. The catalytic monoliths will be investigated with respect to their oxidation activity at the Karlsruhe Exhaust Gas Center, which is equipped with modern test stands and a wide range of characterization techniques.

The project is part of a recently granted “Sonderforschungsbereich“ (Collaborative Research Centre - CRC ). Over 40 scientists – mainly at KIT – are working together in the CRC1441 “TrackAct” (“Tracking the Active Site in Heterogeneous Catalysis for Emission Control”, They bring together synthetic, spectroscopic, engineering and theoretical expertise to understand supported noble metal catalysts for emission control from the atomic scale up to the application. As a PhD student, you will therefore have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary and international environment. In a graduate school setting, you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with a very broad spectrum of know-how ranging from physics to chemistry and chemical engineering. The position also offers the use of synchrotron radiation at KIT and international large-scale facilities, such as PETRA III or ESRF. In addition to these optimal research and working conditions, you can expect flexible working models (incl. opportunities for mobile work/teleworking) as well as a variety of opportunities for parallel interdisciplinary qualification.

Starting date

zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt/as soon as possible

Personal qualification

You should have:

  • Completed very successfully a scientific degree (Master) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science.
  • Good knowledge in catalysis, material synthesis and technical chemistry.
  • A strong ability to work cooperatively with internal and external project partners.
  • A high level of teamwork, motivation and the willingness to contribute to the team with your own abilities.
  • Very good English and, if possible, German language skills.
  • A driving license valid in Europe is welcome.


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

Contract duration

limited to three years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt, phone +49 721/608-42120 (

Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 1011/2021.

Ausschreibungsnummer: 1011/2021

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.


Personnel Support is provided by:
Ms Brückner
Phone: +49 721 608-42016,

Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe