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DAAD scholarship, Ph.D.: Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry

The International Max Planck Research School for Sustainable Metallurgy (IMPRS SusMet) is inviting applications for a DAAD Doctoral scholarship. The designated study is available in the working group headed by Prof. Dr. Kai S. Exner, Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry,  which studies the electrochemical reduction of iron oxides by first-principles methods. The full scholarship is for four years at the Faculty of Chemistry in Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The position will be co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Rossitza Pentcheva. The doctoral scholarship is a three-year structured program in English that takes a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach. 

About the Project:
Prof. Dr. Kai S. Exner’s group work with the theoretical description of electrified liquid or solid interfaces for electrochemical applications. This position aims to understand the fundamental reaction stages of the reduction of iron oxides in an electrochemical environment. 


  • Applicant must hold a master’s degree in materials science, physics, engineering, or chemistry.
  • Applicant must possess excellent good English proficiency.
  • Applicants with knowledge of electronic structure calculations (density functional theory, 
  • For example VASP, WIEN2k, CP2K or SeqQuest) and theoretical electrochemistry would have an advantage. 

The application must be submitted online and include the following documents:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates and transcript of records
  • English proficiency certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, or similar)
  • A recommendation letter from one university professor using the prescribed DAAD form. The recommendation letter is to be sent by the professor directly to

Partner institutes are:

  • Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/Ruhr
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen

Deadline: 30. April 2023

Quick Overview

Type: PhD
Organization: Germany: Max Planck Research
Location: Germany
Fellowship Amount: Varies
Eligibility: Master's
Other Info: Visit Website

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