PhD position in developing working prototypes for zero-carbon combustion

   Department of Ceramic Materials

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About the Project

Research Assistant - salary grade 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen

Part time employment may be possible, under the reserve that funds are granted


The advertised position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (usually a PhD).

Are you looking for an exciting and ambitious doctoral project? Are you interested in heterogeneous catalysis, instrument automation, or alternative fuels? Then apply to join our team and help us investigate the catalytic reforming of zero-carbon feedstocks!

You will join an ambitious collaborative research project, focused on developing working prototypes for zero-carbon combustion. The project combines aspects of heterogeneous catalysis, additive manufacturing, and combustion science. Your project will be based in the ConCat Lab (, which is part of the Centre for Advanced Ceramic Materials at TU Berlin (

Your tasks will include:

  • Development, automation, and validation of the catalytic testing set-up
  • Characterisation and catalytic testing of active materials
  • Collaborative development of formulations compatible with additive manufacturing
  • Supplementing your investigations via microkinetic modelling

We will support you in pursuing your doctorate. Therefore, you will be expected to write publications, present at conferences, and work independently. Willingness to travel to project partners in London and Stuttgart is desirable. The position is funded for 3 years, and comes with a further budget for international travel.


  • A successfully completed university degree (Master's, diploma, or equivalent) in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, material science, or a related discipline
  • Ability and desire to work independently
  • Programming skills, preferably in Python (links to portfolios appreciated)
  • Relevant skills and experience transferrable to any of the following research areas: chemical reactor design, instrument automation, heterogeneous catalysis, or combustion research
  • Good communication skills in English, knowledge of German is a plus


  • Experience in collaborative projects
  • Knowledge of good software practices, including working with version control software, continuous integration, and unit testing, is a plus
  • Knowledge of research data management and FAIR data principles is an advantage
  • Willingness to travel internationally to collaborators and conferences

How to apply

Application deadline: 30.06.2023

Please send complete applications via email, including the reference number III-296/23 in the subject line, to [Email Address Removed]. Applications must be sent as a single PDF file (max 10 MB in size). Your applications must include the following:

(1) a motivation / cover letter (max. 1 page),

(2) a research statement addressing the required and desirable selection criteria (max. 1 page),

(3) a CV (max. 2 pages),

(4) any relevant application documents, if available, including degree certificates, degree transcripts, or reference letters from previous employers.

In your research statement (Nr 2), you should address the above selection criteria. We are interested in hearing about your project relevant skills and experience, evidence of any previous collaborative projects, and your programming portfolio (e.g. via links to platforms such as Github or similar).

By submitting your application via email you consent to having your data electronically processed and saved. Please note that we do not provide a guarantee for the protection of your personal data when submitted as unprotected file. Please find our data protection notice acc. DSGVO (General Data Protection Regulation) at the TU staff department homepage: or quick access 214041.

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favoured. The TU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.

Employment position: Faculty III, Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Department of Ceramic Materials

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