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The Chair of Solid State Physics of the Faculty of Physics and astronomy is looking for a 

Postdoc (m,f,x) limited for 2 years with 39,83 hours per week, TVL E13

A postdoctoral position is available immediately or upon mutual agreement in the group of Marialore Sulpizi at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany to work on the atomistic characterization of electrified solid/liquid interfaces.

Knowing the molecular structure of water next to a charged substrate is a prerequisite to the fundamental understanding of many natural phenomena as well as of great importance to the development of advanced energy conversion and storage devices.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application dateline:
15.10.2022

Your tasks:

  • We aim here to the characterization of electrified interfaces using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations as well as classical simulations using machine learnt potentials
  • The idea is to understand how the interplay between applied potentials and confinement influence the local dynamics and reactivity
  • Part of the work will be directed also to calculate vibrational spectra at the interfaces to interpret the experimental data at the molecular level. Vibrational spectra will permit to obtain time and frequency dependent information on the complex network of interactions which characterizes the interface between a liquid and a solid.

Your profile:

  • You hold PhD in in computational/theoretical physics/chemistry/material science
  • You have significant experience in molecular dynamics/electronic structure theory and statistical physics

Our offerings:

  • You will be embedded in a high-profile international research environment. The Ruhr University Bochum is located in the heart of Europe in the dynamical metropolitan region of Ruhrgebiet and hosts 42600 students from over 130 countries
  • You will be part of RESOLV, a world-leading interdisciplinary research project in Solvation Science awarded as a Cluster of Excellence by the German Excellence Strategy
  • You will benefit from personal development possibilities, the entrepreneurial attitude within RESOLV and a broad spectrum of lectures as well as transferable skills courses
  • You will develop your science communication skills by presenting your research to the public
  • You are provided with funding for visiting international conferences

Additional information:

Please submit your application (motivation letter, CV, list of publications, contact details for two referees) via email to Marialore.Sulpizi@rub.de

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

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

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:

Frau Prof. Dr. Sulpizi Phone: +49234 32 23737

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 999 until 15/10/2022, send by e-mail to the following address: Marialore.Sulpizi@rub.de

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