Join our team!

Current Openings:

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Nanoparticle Catalysis

The Neumann lab is looking a new team member to fill a funded postdoc position exploring catalytic applications of nanoparticles. If you are excited about chemical catalysis, enjoy a challenge, and work well as part a team - come join our group!

The successful applicant will receive a position for 1 year (renewable), and a salary equivalent to 100% of a TvÖD E13 position (

We welcome applicants of all genders, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and irrespective of disability status! All scientific discourse within the group (and the research institute) takes place in English so that no German language skills are required. The Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung is a signatory to the “Charta der Vielfalt” ( More information on support for working parents/caregivers can be found here:

Necessary qualifications:

· PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

· Good written and spoken English

Further desirable qualifications:

· Previous experience in catalysis research and/or the synthesis of nanomaterials

Interested applicants should apply via e-mail to neumann (at) with a CV, a short research summary (2 pages), and a motivation letter. If you feel that a diversity statement could strengthen your application, please feel free to provide one.

The position will remain open until filled.

Interested in a position as a postdoc or graduate student in the lab?

Please send a letter of motivation and your CV to:

neumann (at)

General Information

Graduate students: Work in the group will provide thorough training in reaction development and catalyst optimization. Because our research relies on synthesis and characterization techniques for materials as well as small molecules, students will acquire a diverse knowledge base suitable for a wide variety of future career trajectories.

Postdocs: Candidates with a background in organic, organometallic or inorganic chemistry are encouraged to apply.

Prior experience with MOF synthesis, transition-metal-/electro-/heterogeneous catalysis, or atomic layer deposition is beneficial but not necessary.