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Scientific employee (m/f/d) (Ph.D. Student (m/f/d))

The Chair of Inorganic Chemistry III seeks to fill an open position at your earliest convenience within the SFB 1357 "MICROPLASTICS - Understanding mechanisms and processes, biological effects, transport and formation: From model to complex systems as a basis for new approaches to solutions".


Scientific employee (m/f/d)   (Ph.D. Student (m/f/d))


The position offers the opportunity for scientific qualification as part of a Ph.D. graduation, and is initially limited to three years. It is possible to extend the contract by one year. Depending on your experience the salary will be 50–67 % E13 TV-L.

Small microplastic (MP) particles (< 0.1 mm) represent colloidal systems in aquatic environments. These interact via surface forces with natural ingredients such as iron and aluminium hydroxides as well as humic and fulvic acids. This affects the solubility and thus the transport of MP particles. Here you will, therefore, be responsible for the study of these surface interactions and work on the elucidation of the interface structures between the MP particles and the natural ingredients. Your results will be correlated with surface properties as determined by analytical techniques from aqueous and colloidal chemistry. Here the overall aim is to derive a detailed understanding for the underlying adsorption processes in natural environments.

You will work with modern analytical techniques like solid-state NMR spectroscopy and will also develop further hyperpolarization techniques such as DNP and SEOP, respectively. For this we offer a thorough training for hands-on work and the theoretical background. A basic knowledge of NMR spectroscopy is appreciated. Admission requirements include a university degree (MSc level), preferably in the fields of chemistry, polymer chemistry, physics or material sciences, the ability to think analytically and the willingness to become involved in complex scientific research and spectroscopic methods. We are looking for dynamic and open-minded personalities who enjoy working in an interdisciplinary team.

The University of Bayreuth particularly encourages applications from women who are under-represented in the University at this level/ in this discipline. Additionally, handicapped applicants will be preferred if equally qualified.

Please send inquiries and your written application with the usual documents (cover letter, CV and certificates) by e-mail to:


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Senker,  Tel: 0921 55 2538                 

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