Research Scientist / Postdoc (f/m/d) as Young Investigator Group Leader for in situ surface analytics
for a Changing World
Research Scientist / Postdoc
as Young Investigator Group Leader for in situ surface analytics
Reference code: 50068722_2 – 2021/MO 3
Commencement date: as soon as possible
The place of employment is Geesthacht (near Hamburg).
Application deadline: October 10th, 2021
The Institute of Surface Science of Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon is looking for a Young Investigator Group Leader in the area of in situ surface analytics. The position is initially limited to four years with the option of permanent employment in the event of a positive evaluation. The position can be filled part-time in principle.
Equality of opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. We would therefore strongly encourage qualified women to apply for the position.
The newly launched Institute of Surface Science is extending its expertise to the areas of advanced in situ analytical characterization of materials degradation, buried interface formation, electrified interfaces, atmospheric corrosion and degradation of protective coatings. This position is equal to a position of Young Investigator Group Leader who can bring new expertise and gradually develop their own research group aligned with the research interests and project demands of the Institute of Surface Science.
run high quality scientific research in the field of corrosion and material degradation
understand mechanism of corrosion of magnesium, aluminum, zinc, copper, titanium and other metallic material in complex and varying environments
understand metal-coating interaction at buried interfaces
study metal degradation in non-aqueous electrolytes
understand mechanisms of corrosion acceleration, inhibition, and protection
study active protection mechanisms of relevant coatings
employ at least some of the available characterization methods: electrochemical and environmental TEM, (environmental) XPS, in situ XRD, GDOES, in situ X-ray nano-micro-tomography, in situ neutron scattering, ATR-FTIR, AFM (including electrochemical and SKPFM) and other relevant methods for listed research topics
acquire relevant scientific equipment
maintain existing scientific equipment
regularly attract third-party funding by applying for national and European research projects
provide guidance to PhD students
collaborate with institute members and project partners
regularly publish in journals with medium and high impact factor
present scientific results at international conferences, workshops and internal seminars
PhD in materials science, materials chemistry, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics or equivalent
excellent expertise in relevant research fields, including: corrosion, electrochemistry, materials degradation, chemistry, physics, coating technologies, surface science and adjacent research areas
profound knowledge of at least one or several advanced in situ analytical methods, such as (environmental) XPS, in situ XRD, GDOES, electrochemical TEM, in situ X-ray nano-micro-tomography, in situ neutron scattering, ATR-FTIR, AFM (including electrochemical and SKPFM) or other methods relevant for the listed research purposes
excellent spoken and written English skills
experience in acquiring financial support via competitive funding
team player with good communication skills
motivation to work in an interdisciplinary and international team
These qualifications will be considered an asset:
AI data-treatment methods applied to corrosion research
experience with image data analysis
handling big data sets
experience with machine learning, informatics
good communication skills in German
We offer you
multinational work environment with ca. 1,100 colleagues from more than 50 nations
extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits
free employee advice - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Welcome Office, guest accommodation
canteen at the Geesthacht location
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts cutting-edge international research for a changing world: Around 1,100 employees contribute to the tackling of climate change, the sustainable use of the world's coastal systems and the resource-compatible enhancement of the quality of life. From fundamental research to practical applications, the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique range.
Institute of Surface Science
The Institute of Surface Science specializes in the development of corrosion protection concepts and functional coatings that meet the requirements of future applications from the fields of structural lightweight construction, energy research and medical technology. The experimental development is closely accompanied by modelling approaches and artificial intelligence methods.
Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2021/MO 3.