For the Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology for the earliest possible date, we are looking for a:


full time, limited to May 31st 2027. The remuneration is in accordance with 13 TV-L.

No.: 15324WV2

At the heart of TU Hamburg’s research, teaching and transfer of technology is the guiding principle of developing technology for people. The TU Hamburg sees itself in this context as a family-friendly and sustainable university with high performance and quality standards that strives for excellence in all its research fields. Interdisciplinarity, innovation, regionality and internationality are binding principles in our actions.

With currently around 8.000 students, 110 professors and 1.650 employees, the TU Hamburg is characterised by short decision-making processes and close cooperation between the board, the institutes, the deans of studies, the research areas and the administration. We identify ourselves with a modern leadership culture and cultivate appreciative interaction.

In a BMBF-funded research project - ReLaKIKat - ammonia oxidation on catalytic gauze stacks will be the reaction on focus. We are looking for a postdoc (m/f/d) with above-average experience in heterogeneous catalysis and preferably with knowledge in design, construction and operation of experimental reactors and in-situ characterization of heterogeneous catalysts.


  • Development of an experimental apparatus for the investigation of corrosion processes on catalytic gauze stacks in ammonia oxidation
  • Experimental investigation of catalyst stacks under industrial reaction conditions combining in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption (XAS) and spatially resolved concentration and temperature profile measurements
  • Collaboration with our industrial and scientific cooperation partners, visits to national and international research institutes for experimental campaigns and academic exchange
  • Preparation of project proposals, publication of your research results in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at international conferences.


  • Completed doctorate, particularly in the fields of chemistry, physics, chemical engineering or process engineering
  • Very good scientific communication and publication skills.
  • High interest in scientific questions and the motivation to work independently and goal-oriented in the field of basic research
  • Willingness to participate in university teaching
    • Comprehensive knowledge in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and practical laboratory experience with catalytic fixed bed reactors, as well as online gas analysis (GC, FTIR, MS)
    • Practical experience in the field of X-ray spectroscopic methods (XRD, XAS) are desired
    • Experience in the design and construction of experimental equipment is an advantage
    • Ability to work in a team, cooperative nature, high flexibility, commitment and resilience, as well as independent and autonomous action are desired. This is key to carry out measurement campaigns at large-scale research equipment (e.g. DESY, Soleil, Diamond) and the cooperation in the project consortium of various research institutions and the chemical industry.


    • We offer you the opportunity to gain a scientific qualification with the aim of habilitation
    • Collaboration in an interdisciplinary, young and highly motivated team
    • Research activities in a socially highly relevant field
    • Flexible and family-friendly working conditions
    • 30 days of vacation per year
    • Obtain your desired bicycle or pedelec for 36 months at attractive conditions through your employer

    For further information please contact Mr Prof. Dr. Raimund Horn, Phone-No.: 040 / 428 78 - 3242,

    We particularly encourage women to apply. Due to their underrepresentation in the advertised salary group, women will be given priority in cases of equal suitability, qualifications and professional performance.

    Please send your complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae in table form, proof ofcompleted training and/or university degree, job references or certificates of employment) via the online application system.

    We look forward to receiving your online application by July 01st 2024.

    Notice for graduates of foreign educational qualifications:

    Please submit proof of all obtained university degrees and, if available, the recognition of your educational qualifications in Germany (e.g. anabin excerpts and/or acknowledgement of previous employers).

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