PhD positions available at University of Duisburg-Essen in Duisburg, Germany

In the near future multiple PhD positions will be available in the faculty of physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Duisburg, Germany under the supervision of Dr. Zhipeng Huang and Prof. Dr. R. Kramer Campen within the general topic of femtoelectrochemistry.

In our group we address fundamental questions in the mechanism of (photo)electrocatalytic chemistry by conducting experiments in which we initiate and probe electron (and coupled proton) transfer with femtosecond timescales using nonlinear optical and optoelectric tools. In the near term this work will involve description of water electrolysis and small organic molecule oxidation on Pt and Co-Ferrites. In pursuit of such understanding, experiments will be conducted both at well-defined surfaces in ultra-high vacuum and under potential-control within thin film spectroelectrochemical cells.

All positions offer contracts for three years with possible extension based on good performance and availability of funds and will be paid according to public service’s wage agreement (E13 TV-L, 66% in year 1 and 75% thereafter).

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, or a related field with a good GPA (1.5 or better in the German system or equivalent). Applicants from countries in which MS is typically awarded in these disciplines should have a similar track record in their BS program. In addition to these indicators of academic achievement applicants should have experience in experimental physics or chemistry and good English language skills. Programming experience, ideally Labview or Julia, and experience with ultrafast lasers, would both be a bonus but is not required. Depending on interest it is anticipated that the successful applicants will become graduate students in either the Integrated Graduate School Solvation Science (a part of the German Research Foundation funded RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation) Cluster of Excellence) or the Integrated Research Training Group “Understanding Oxidation Catalysis” (a part of the German Research Foundation supported Collaborative Research Center 247 “Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase”). In either case the association offers supplementary workshops, travel support for meetings and support for internships with international collaborators.

To initiate an application or to obtain further information, please contact Dr. Huang (, or Prof. Campen (

The application should include a curriculum vitae, transcripts of grades from Bachelor and Master studies, title and abstract of Bachelor and Master thesis (if applicable), list of publications (if applicable), the contact information of at least two professional references, and a brief statement on why you’d like to pursue your studies in the group.