Doctoral Student (f/m/d) Plasma-Assisted CO2-to-MeOH Conversion • Leibniz-Institut für Plasmaforschung und Technologie e.V. • Greifswald

Doctoral Student (f/m/d) Plasma-Assisted CO2-to-MeOH Conversion • Leibniz-Institut für Plasmaforschung und Technologie e.V. • Greifswald

Open Positions 1
Time Span 01 Jan 2021 for 3 years
Application Deadline 10 Dec 2020
Financing yes
Type of Position
  • PhD – Individual Supervisor
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
Subjects Plasma Science
Description The INP is collaborating with the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis on the project ‘Supporting Climate Protection – From Renewable Hydrogen and Aerobic CO2 to Methanol’ (SUPREME). For our team, we are seeking to hire for the location in Greifswald/Germany starting from January 1st 2021 a


Fixed term contract for 3 years / Part-time appointment (27 hours/week) / Target salary: TV-L/E13

The urgent need to stop global warming caused by CO2 requires a paradigm shift from fossil to sustainable energy carriers and processes. Nonthermal plasma (NTP) can activate stable molecules such as CO2 at ambient pressure and low temperatures. A dedicated reactor system containing a plasma source in combination with a catalyst bed will be developed.
In this way, the greenhouse gas CO2 is reduced and added to a chemical value chain. The aim is to develop a more efficient method for the conversion of CO2 into methanol.

– Investigate plasma-assisted methanol formation from CO2 and H2;
– Develop reliable experimental systems and procedures;
– Carry out chemical, electrical and optical diagnostics of the process;
– Derive and evaluate process parameters;
– Carry out documentation, communication and presentation of results.

– Very good university-level qualification (e.g. MSc degree or equivalent) in the fields of plasma technology, physics, chemistry, environmental sciences or similar topics
– Interest in experimental research
– Excellent team working and communication skills
– Fluency in written and spoken English
– Structured, committed and self-motivated
– Previous experience with at atmospheric pressure are welcome.

– Compensation according to the collective salary agreement of Länder (TV-L) including employer contributions to medical and dental insurance, maternity leave and retirement benefits
– Creative work environment
– State-of-the-art technical facilities
– Doctorate tandem: Experienced and professional assistance throughout your PhD
– Opportunities for professional development (e.g. project management, acquisition of third-party funding)
– Networking opportunities at national and international conferences and in cooperation with national and international industry partners
– Possibility of designing and implementing own project ideas
– In-house German course free of charge
– Flexible working hours and home-office offers
– 30 vacation days per year (plus: December 24 and 31)
– Sports courses in our institute rooms

Our institute ranks among the largest and most modern institutions in the field of low-temperature plasmas worldwide. In an international working environment, we conduct socially relevant research within our core areas Materials & Energy and Environment & Health. Currently the INP employs about 200 scientists and staff at three locations (Greifswald, Rostock and Karlsburg).

For further information, please visit our website at

Please apply with the common documents (cover letter, CV, copies of academic degrees and letters of reference) giving the keyword „0377 Doctoral Student Plasma-assisted CO2-to-MeOH Conversion” until December 10th 2020 – preferably via our online application form:

Your performance and personality matters regardless of your age, origin, gender, sexual identity, disability or ideology. We look forward to receiving your applications!

The INP wants equal participation of men and women, especially in science. There are many good reasons why it is worthwhile to promote the potential of women specifically. Qualified women candidates are explicitly called to apply. Handicapped applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualification.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Volker Brüser (e-mail:

Please send your applications to*:

Leibniz-Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP)
Mrs. Gabriele Lembke
Human Resources Department
Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2
17489 Greifswald

* Unfortunately, we cannot refund any of your expenses for applications and job interviews due to budgetary regulations.

Working Language
  • English
  • German
Language of Dissertation
  • English
  • German
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
  • List of Publication
  • Others : letters of reference
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