Open Positions (m/f/d) in Heterogeneous Catalysis/CO2 Conversion

Are you a passionate and committed young researcher with a keen interest in the field of heterogeneous catalysis? The Chair II of Technical Chemistry, headed by Johannes A. Lercher, at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), is seeking to fill two Ph.D. candidate positions and one postdoctoral position to contribute to research in the area of heterogeneous catalysis.

Role and Responsibilities:

§  Investigate bimetallic catalysts on various support materials, including zeolites, for the conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons.

§  Conduct synthesis, (operando) characterization, and kinetic investigations in collaboration with an industrial partner.

Selection Criteria:

§  Master’s degree (for Ph.D. candidates), Ph.D. degree (for postdoctoral researchers), or equivalent in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Specialization in Catalysis, reaction engineering, or material science is advantageous.

§  Experience working with laboratory-scale chemical reactors and a strong understanding of concepts related to heterogeneous catalysis.

§  Outstanding motivation and willingness to work in an international interdisciplinary team.

§  Excellent writing skills and proficiency in English.

Our Offer:

§  TUM is one of Europe’s leading Universities.

§  The Catalysis Research Center at TUM offers state-of-the-art facilities for fundamental research in catalysis.

§  An excellent, international research environment.

§  Salary based on public service rates of the German states (TV-L E13 75%).

Application Process:

To apply, please send an email to with the subject "PhD/Postdoc application – CO2" and include the following attachments:

§  Cover letter (max. 1 page) outlining your motivation for applying.

§  Detailed CV listing academic activities to date.

§  Names and contact details of two referees.

The application deadline is March 20th 2024. The earliest possible starting date is May 1st 2024. For inquiries regarding the position, please contact Dr. Ruixue Zhao ( or Dr. Rachit Khare (

Diversity Statement:

TUM is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff. We encourage applications from candidates who would contribute to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with equal qualifications.

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We look forward to receiving your application.