Postdoctoral position in 2D-IR Spectroscopy, University of Potsdam, Germany

Fully funded (2 years) postdoc position in ultrafast structural dynamics, immediate start possible. We'll use 2D IR to develop high-throughput spectroscopy for environmental analysis (nano & micro plastics). The EU funded project will contribute to farm-to-fork sensing by implementing fast and reliable detection of trace plastics in soils. The position is in the group of Rike Müller-Werkmeister, Uni Potsdam/Berlin area/Germany ( The project is a joint collaboration with the Fraunhofer excellence center for functional materials in Potsdam. Experience with the design and construction of optical setups is necessary, experience with ultrafast spectroscopy, in particular 2D-IR, is an asset. Experience with instrumentation setup (programming, LabView) and data analysis of large data sets is necessary. Interested candidates should please contact Rike by email: with a motivation letter and CV.

Our group is based in Physical Chemistry, the University of Potsdam has a increasing research scope in Ultrafast Phenomena and there is a strong interaction with the other groups located on Campus (between Chemistry & Physics) as well as several other groups from the Berlin area. The particular project (see above) is part of a research center towards Functional Materials in Potsdam-Golm (headed by the local Fraunhofer Institutes, and will be carried out in collaboration with one group from Material Science & one Fraunhofer group. 

The Faculty of Science is located in the Potsdam-Science Park ( in Potsdam Golm, in direct proximity to several other research institutes (two Fraunhofer, several Max-Planck-Institutes) and scientific startup companies. Potsdam is a city with high quality of life, especially in summer as the whole area is surrounded by lakes and rivers - and further Potsdam is part of the capital area in Germany, with a direct train connection from the campus in Golm to the center of Berlin within just over 30’.