Research Assistant (Postdoc)

At the Material Sciences Center (WZMW), Structure and Technology Research Laboratory (STRL), Prof. Dr. Kerstin Volz, we have a job opportunity for a

Research Assistant

The position is offered for a period of two years, assuming the candidate has not previously spent time for qualification elsewhere. The starting date is as soon as possible. Salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13).

To the duties belong scientific service in research and teaching with the emphasis on quantitative transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We are seeking independent researchers with a scientific specialisation in TEM who are interested in using aberration-corrected microscopy and in developing electron microscopic methods for the analysis of novel functional materials like ion conductors. The potential candidate should investigate ion conducting materials using various ex- as well as insitu electron microscopic techniques.

Our research is embedded in the following coordinated programs of the German Science Foundation (DFG): GRK 1782 „Functionalisation of Semicondcutors“ as well as SFB 1083 „Structure and Dynamics of buried Interfaces“. We also have close links to the research topic „Electromobility“ of the „Forschungscampus Mittelhessen“.For these projects, different state of the art transmission electron microscopes, including a double Cs-corrected one, and sample preparation equipment are available at the WZMW.

The position will be filled by a temporary contract that is limited to the period which is necessary to gain further scientific expertise (such as the preparation for a subsequent qualification period). Within the entrusted tasks the opportunity for independent scientific work to obtain further personal qualification is given. The limitation of the contract complies to § 2 Abs. 1 WissZeitVG.

Candidates should hold an excellent University degree in natural sciences (e.g. physics, material sciences, chemistry) as well as a PhD. Experience in at least one of the following topics is necessary: (aberration-corrected) (scanning) transmission electron microscopy; (S)TEM image simulation; sample preparation for transmission electron microscopy using focused ion beams. Applicants should be enthusiastic and self-motivated and have a genuine interest in applied research as well as working in an interdisciplinary environment. Excellent language skills in English, flexibility and ability for teamwork are required.

If you are interested, you may contact Prof. Dr. Kerstin Volz at or Dr. Andreas Beyer at

We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Applicants with children are welcome – Philipps-University is certified as a family-friendly university. Sharing a full-time position (§ 8 Abs. 2 S. 1 HGlG) as well as a reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as described in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs can not be refunded.

Please send your application mentioning registration number ZE-wzmz-0106-wmz-2017 as a single PDF file to by october 27, 2017.

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