City:  Oberhausen
Date:  May 10, 2024

PhD in the field of Catalyst Development

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

As one of 76 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the leading organization for applied research in Europe, we show how to not only master crises, but grow from them. Pushing boundaries. Always trying something new. Not just thinking, but thinking ahead. We turn research into the future.

We want an earth that is worth living on. With our research in the divisions of climate-neutral energy systems, resource-efficient processes and circular products, we make concrete contributions to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Our employees conduct research in the fields of energy, environment, safety, health, communication and mobility.


The Chemical Energy Storage department works on tasks relating to catalyst development. Within the Carbon2Chem project, catalysts for the gas purification of industrial gases are being tested. We are looking for your support as part of a promotion! 


What you will do

  • Synthesis, characterization and testing of heterogeneous catalysts
  • Evaluation of conversion and selectivity data
  • Independent work in the laboratory and pilot plant
  • Interpretation and presentation of results 
  • Operation of test facilities


What you bring to the table

  • Master's degree in chemistry, especially technical chemistry
  • Knowledge in Phyton and DoE is desirable 
  • Expertise in the synthesis and use of sulfide catalysts is desirable 
  • First experience in evaluating characterization methods, especially XRD, BET is desirable 
  • Independent and conscientious scientific way of working
  • Very good command of written and spoken English 
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills


What you can expect

  • As part of a dynamic team, you actively drive sustainable solutions for a resource-efficient future
  • We enable a creative and varied working day at the interface between business and science
  • New Work, diversity and cooperative interaction are important components of our strategic orientation
  • We care about what you care about - that's why we offer flexible and mobile working, as well as a wide range of work-life balance options
  • Flexible workplace – both remote and at the institute in Oberhausen possible by arrangement
  • Right from the start, we support you in your individual career development through various development offers as well as accompanying programs
  • We support our employees by offering comprehensive health and mindfulness programs for good balance
  • Sustainable and affordable travel – we subsidize your Germany Job Ticket
  • You can find even more attractive benefits here: Fraunhofer UMSICHT as employer



The weekly working time is 39 hours. This position is initially limited to 3 years. The full-time position with half-time pay offers 50% of the working time for your doctorate and 50% for the collaboration in the research project as a research assistant. We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding this position:


Dr. Barbara Zeidler-Fandrich: +49 208 8598-1143
Dr. Heiko Lohmann: +49 208 8598-1197
Dr. Clara Watermann: +49 208 8598-1551


Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT 


Requisition Number: 72339               


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