Job Openings

We have built up new and exciting catalysis activities including physico-chemical characterization at KIT and synchrotron radiation sources. Our field of interests are exhaust gas catalysis, Power-to-Chemicals, selective oxidations, biomass conversion and sustainable chemistry. Are you searching for a challenging scientific work in the field of

- Technical chemistry, chemical engineering

- Inorganic solid state chemistry

- Physical chemistry, synchrotron radiation or microscopy?

Do not hesitate to contact us (grunwaldt∂ Especially, if you are interested in interdisciplinary research or if you want to conduct a bachelor, master or Ph.D. thesis .

Please feel welcome to send us your application or ask us concerning

- Ph.D. thesis

- postdoctoral studies

- guest scientist


Present announcements on the KIT homepage

HiWi position: Administrative staff (Link)

Academic employee (Ph.D.): Development and operando characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for exhaust gas aftertreatment (Link)

Scientist (Chemist / Chemical Engineer) (f/m/d) (Description, job advertisement and application)


CRC 1441 TrackAct

You are looking for a doctoral research topic between physical chemistry, materials science, spectroscopy, theory and engineering? Catalysis is a highly interdisciplinary field with many challenges!

Just now the Collaborative Research Centre 1441 TrackAct (Tracking the Active Site in Heterogeneous Catalysis for Emission Control) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has started. Catalysis is at the core of the initiative that is conducted together with partners in Munich and the synchrotron radiation source in Hamburg. Within TrackAct we want to identify and track the nature of the active sites in catalysts, to design and manipulate them from bottom-up across the various length and complexity scales, and – on a long-term vision – predict and actively control them during operation. Within this program, we thus seek for PhD candidates in various fields from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Sciences to Physics. The dissertation will be carried out within the corresponding participating groups. For more information on the positions and the application process see here:

We emphasize equal opportunity and life balance in the program. Hence, women are especially encouraged to apply.

Open positions:

PhD position on operando spectroscopic investigation of noble metal and nano alloy particles (more information and application here)

PhD position on the engineered optimized coatings of catalytic monoliths via advanced robot-controlled methods (more information and application here)

PhD position on the development and comprehensive testing of noble metal-based aftertreatment catalysts (more information and application here)



Previous announcements

HiWi position: Scientific assistant (Link)

HiWi position: Technical drawings (Link)

2 positions as academic employee (Ph.D., in English): Development and operando characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for exhaust gas aftertreatment (Link)

Dynamics of catalysts and reactors in heterogeneous catalysis (Link)

Materialentwicklung und Spektroskopie an katalytischen Systemen zur Elektrolyse von Wasser (Link)

Characterization of novel NH3-SCR catalysts under realistic reaction conditions (Link)

Entwicklung und operando-Charakterisierung heterogener Katalysatoren zur Methanolsynthese (Link)

Akademische/r Mitarbeiter/in / Postdoktorand/in
Dynamik von Katalysatoren und Reaktoren in der heterogenen Katalyse  (Link)

Novel heterogeneous catalysts for the synthesis of biomass based platform chemicals (Link)

Design and Characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for the synthesis of higher alcohols (Link)

Characterization of novel materials and catalysts by in situ X-ray microscopy and related synchrotron radiation based techniques (Link)

Exhaust gas aftertreatment

Synthesis of novel heterogeneous catalysts for the sustainable production of chemicals and fuels

Characterizing new exhaust gas catalysts unter applied operation conditions