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The chair of Atomic-scale Characterisation is looking for a 

postdoctoral researcher (m,f,d), fulltime vor 2 years (TVL E13)

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
time limit: 31.05.2022

Your tasks:

  • The chair of Atomic-scale Characterisation is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in the field of materials science/materials chemistry/physical metallurgy with a strong background in aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and/or related advanced analytical techniques (e.g., electron energy loss spectroscopy, EELS). Experiences in the characterisation of structural alloys (e.g., high entropy alloys) or functional materials (e.g., catalyst nanoparticles and battery materials) by STEM or EELS are mandatory. The postdoctoral researcher will investigate catalyst materials, titanium or high entropy alloys (depending on the candidate’s background). The postdoctoral researcher is expected to develop new correlative multimodal materials characterisation approaches combining STEM with other high-end techniques such as atom probe tomography. The successful candidate will be working in the new research centre for interface-dominated high-performance materials (ZGH) at Ruhr University Bochum, which houses a large and comprehensive suite of equipment dedicated to nanostructure analysis; the centre is among the best facilities of its kind in the world. He or she will have access to a world-class set of laboratories and more than ten major microscopy platforms, including the state-of-the-art aberration-corrected TEM, atom probe and focused ion beam etc. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

Your profile:

  • a PhD degree in materials science, chemistry or physical metallurgy
  • a thorough background in aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, and/or electron energy loss spectroscopy analysis, and/or in-situ transmission electron microscopy
  • experiences in characterisation of structural or function materials
  • a high level of spoken and written English
  • can work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • can work in multicultural environment
  • The candidate may have: • experiences in scanning electron microscopy, atom probe tomography, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy or X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Additional information:

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

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. 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: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

Please send your complete and informative application documents (informative cover letter, CV with a publication list and PhD certificate) as one pdf document by e-mail to: Prof. Dr. Tong Li, email: atomicjobs-mb@ruhr-uni-bochum.de Application deadline: 31 May 2022 23:59 pm
ANR 280


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