Spectroscopy and chemistry of metal clusters and cluster complexes


PhD Position: Vibrational Dynamics in Metal Cluster Complexes

The initial employment term will be for three years.
A PhD position is available within the MAX PLANCK – RADBOUD UNIVERSITY CENTER for Infrared Free Electron Laser Spectroscopy. The position is located at the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin (Germany) in the “Spectroscopy and Chemistry of Metal Cluster Complexes” group that is part of the Department of Molecular Physics. The PhD student will closely collaborate with our partners at the FELIX Laboratory of the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in joint experimental studies at both institutions.
The PhD project aims to study vibrational relaxation processes in gas-phase complexes of transition metal clusters via time-resolved spectroscopies. The project will build upon existing and to-be-designed experimental setups to characterize metal cluster complexes via the combination of mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy, in particular utilizing the different Infrared Free Electron Lasers (IR-FELs) that are available at both institutions, FHI and FELIX laboratory. We hope for a candidate with an articulate interest in setting up new experimental installations for unique time-resolved studies employing IR-FELs.
The successful candidate can apply for membership in the International Max Planck Research School for Elementary Processes in Physical Chemistry, if interested, and can expect a comprehensive and well-structured training in modern, physicochemical research methods.

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Candidates must have a Master’s degree in physics, chemistry, or a related discipline. Considered candidates must be able to work independently and as part of an international team. A working knowledge of the English language is also essential.
Experience with any of the following techniques is desirable, but not essential:
  • Pulsed laser systems
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy
  • Mass spectrometry
  • High vacuum instrumentation
  • Anion photoelectron spectroscopy
  • programming for data analysis or instrument automation and data acquisition (e.g. Python, Igor Pro, Matlab, Origin, Labview, Epics)
The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people are expressly encouraged. The Max Planck Society strives for a research community marked by equity and diversity. Members of under-represented groups, including those of gender or race, international students and individuals with disabilities are all encouraged to apply.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of any publications, a letter of motivation, and the contact details of at least two referees. Please send your application or inquiries to Dr. André Fielicke by email until April 17, 2023.
More details about the Max Planck – Radboud University Center for Infrared Free Electron Laser Spectroscopy can be found at the following link: https://nijmegen-center-ir-fel-research.mpg.de/home
October 2022: Communication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 
Imaging Photoelectron Circular Dichroism in the Detachment of Mass-Selected Chiral Anions
Jenny Triptow, André Fielicke, Gerard Meijer, Mallory Green
Comparison of Conventional and Nonconventional Hydrogen Bond Donors in Au− Complexes
Jenny Triptow, Gerard Meijer, André Fielicke, Otto Dopfer, and Mallory Green
April 2022: Communication in Chem. Commun.
Unexpected structures of the Au17 gold cluster: the stars are shining
Pham Vu Nhat, Nguyen Thanh Si, Vitaly G. Kiselev, André Fielicke, Hung Tan Pham and Minh Tho Nguyen
Structure and Fluxionality of B13+ Probed by Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy
Platinum group metal clusters: from gas-phase structures and reactivities towards model catalysts
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