The Chair of Atomic-scale Characterisation in Institute of Materials at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is looking for a 

Group leader (m,f,x) for 3 years, 39,83 hours per week, TVL E14

The chair of "Atomic-Scale Characteriszation" is studying materials at the atomic level.

The chair of Atomic-scale Characterisation (Ruhr-Universität Bochum Atomic-Scale Characterisation ( is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in chemistry/materials science with a strong background in synchrotron-based, operando or in situ spectroscopy studies of lithium-based batteries.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  • The candidate will carry out X-ray-based or other spectroscopy of battery interfaces or interphases, design electrolytes for lithium metal batteries, fabricate electrode or coin cells, and perform electrochemical measurements (battery cycling, voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, EIS) of lithium metal batteries
  • Perform organisational tasks of the teaching organisation
  • Gain teaching and team management experience through this position.
  • Write proposals in German and English, manage scientific projects, and supervise students in the chair of Atomic-scale Characterization

Your profile:

  • a PhD degree in materials science, organic or inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry
  • extensive experiences in in situ, operando, synchrotron-based X-ray or other spectroscopy of battery interfaces or interphases and electrochemical battery cycling tests (cycling, voltammetry, and EIS) of lithium-ion or -metal batteries.
  • experiences in writing proposals and managing scientific projects
  • a high level of spoken and written German and English
  • can work in a multicultural environment
  • The candidate (m/f/x) may have: experiences in transmission electron microscopy or other microscopy techniques
  • • Fluency in German (at least C1 level, in word and writing – required for an effective communication and for teaching in German) (nur bei Lehrverpflichtung)

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • a friendly and collegial environment
  • a modern, well-equipped workplace

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

The load of teaching will be calculated according to § 3 of Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

You can find information about TVL at:

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Dr. Tong Li, Phone: +49234 32 26099

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 3262 until 03.06.2024, send by e-mail to the following address:

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