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Open position: Postdoctoral Researcher in the Development of Ion Soft Landing Instrument

Aim: Design, build, and test an ion soft landing instrument for single molecule imaging.

Fields: Instrument building, Ion optics, Mass spectrometry, Physical chemistry.
Techniques: Electrospray ion beam deposition (ESIBD), Ion beam manipulation, Ion trajectory simulations, Low temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy (LT-STM), Electron microscopy (EM).

We offer:

  1. A full-time position with salary and benefits according to German TVöD, funded by ERC Starting Grant Project GlycoX. Initial appointment is for one year with a possibility to extend.
  2. Access to cutting-edge research infrastructure and supercomputers in the Max Planck Society to support your scientific goals.
  3. Opportunities to collaborate with the Nanoscale Science Department and external groups to furnish you with unique interdisciplinary scientific challenges.
  4. Training in both experimental and computational techniques to finesse your scientific profile.
  5. Engaging environment to nourish your scientific independence.
  6. Support to attend workshops and conferences to develop your scientific network.
  7. Mentorship in proposal writing, management, and communication skills to equip you with transferable skills.


Your project:
Oversee the design, development, building, and testing of the next generation of ESIBD instrument capable of generating, preserving, and landing exotic molecular ions for single molecule imaging on surfaces.

We seek someone who is:
Curious, enthusiastic, team oriented, fluent and articulate in oral and written English, a holder of PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or equivalent. We prioritize candidates with knowledge of instrumentation and electronics in mass spectrometry and/or gas-phase ion spectroscopy. Knowledge/skill in physical chemistry, low temperature scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy, electron microscopy, ultrahigh vacuum systems, native electrospray, ion beam manipulation, and/or ab initio calculations is advantageous.

To apply:
Please email Dr. Kelvin Anggara (k.anggara@fkf.mpg.de) using the title ‘GlycoX_PDF2’ and submit as a single PDF: (i) one-page cover letter (explain in specifics why this lab, why you are a good fit for this lab, and how this position furthers your career) and (ii) CV (include publication list, research description, and contacts of two referees).

PDF version here.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The Max Planck Society endeavors to achieve gender equality and diversity. We seek to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from individuals with disabilities.

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