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

Postdoc (m,f,x) in cryogenic atom probe characterization of energy materials for 2 years, 39,83 hours per week, TVL E13

The chair of "Atomic-scale Characterisation" is studying materials at the atomic level.

The chair of Atomic-scale Characterisation is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in materials science with extensive experience in cryogenic atom probe specimen preparation and atom probe measurements of energy materials.
The postdoctoral researcher will work under the European Research Council (ERC) consolidator ‘INTERACT’ project.

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

Your tasks:

  • Developing new cryogenic atom probe sample preparation protocols by focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy for characterizing battery or electrocatalyst materials.
  • Innovating new correlative methods and cryogenic workflow for characterizing battery or electrocatalyst materials.
  • Assisting atom probe or other microcopy measurements for the chair of Atomic-scale Characterization.

The candidate (m/f/x) musst have:

  • a PhD degree in materials science, chemistry or physics
  • extensive experience in atom probe measurements, cryogenic atom probe sample preparation by FIB, glovebox, ultra high vacuum transfer suitcase, and scanning electron microscopy
  • experiences in the characterization of energy or functional materials
  • a high level of spoken and written English
  • can work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • can work in a multicultural environment
  • The candidate (m/f/x) may have: Experiences in performing electrochemical measurements

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:

ANR: 3259 until 16.06.2024
Please send your complete and informative application documents (informative cover letter, CV with a publication list and PhD certificate) as one pdf document, indicating the ANR-no. in the subject-line, by e-mail to: Prof. Dr. Tong Li, email:

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