Vacancy No. 1163/2019

Research associate / PhD candidate (f/m/d)

Job description

For work on a project in the field of methanol synthesis.

Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) will be one of the concepts required in the future to limit the CO2 emission from the combustion of fossil fuels for a sustainable energy supply. The hydrogenation of CO2 by using hydrogen produced by renewable electricity is an attractive approach for the chemical recycling of CO2 to energy carriers or chemicals. The concept investigated allows to directly convert CO2 into fuel components and large-scale bulk chemicals. The research focusses on the kinetic modeling of the methanol synthesis over the selected catalyst that will lead to detailed elementary-based reaction schemes within the mean field approximation that can successfully predict the catalyst performance under dynamic conditions. Additionally, modeling will be done which includes the consideration of mass and heat transport, which is needed in the successful description of the real process. Experiments under relevant conditions will be performed to validate the mechanisms and models.

Please enclose a one-page letter of motivation and relevant certificates with your application. The opportunity for a doctorate is given. For further information please visit

Personal qualification

You must have an excellent university degree (Diplom/Master) in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, or mechanical engineering. A profound knowledge and experience in the field of modeling, numerical simulation and experimental work including gas analysis and characterization of catalysts would be of great benefit. In addition, good knowledge of the English language in word and writing are expected. Good German language skills are beneficial. Besides the professional qualification, strong commitment, team spirit, independent and self-responsible working is requested. This offer is not for a post-doc position.


Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration

limited to one year

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Hettel, phone +49 721/608-44269.


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 1163/2019 .
Personnel Support is provided by 

Mr Münch
phone: +49 721 608-42099,

Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.