Positions / Theses

Vacancy PhD student - biophysics, photosynthesis, evolution
(Doktorand gesucht)

We search for a talented PhD candidate who starts with an new biophysical research project financed by a one-year probation fellowship of the SFB 1078. After one year of successfull work, the PhD project can be continued for three more years as a non-permanent scientific employee.

If you are interested, please contact Prof. Holger Dau.

Vacancy Postdoc - X-ray spectroscopy, new synchrotron experiment
(wissenschaftliche/r Angestellte/r mit Promotion in Physik gesucht)

IN-SITU-XAS project - non-permanent scientific employee until end of June 2019

Research and technical development of "operando" X-ray spectroscopy experiments on catalyst materials for sustainable production of non-fossil (solar) fuels.

A creative scientist is sought with expertise in (i) X-ray spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation or (ii) computer programming (for automated data acquisition and control of complex physical experiments).

A doctoral degree (PhD) in physics, physical chemistry or material sciences is required.

We offer integration in our research team at the Free University Berlin, ample experimental opportunities at the Berlin synchrotron radiation source (BESSY) and an interesting research project in the exciting scientific atmosphere of Berlin.

For more details, see advertisement text (in German) or contact

Prof. Holger Dau / phone  030/838-53581 / e-mail

Your application ideally arrives until January 8, 2018, with the ideal start time in February 2018. Later applications also may be considered; review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Bachelor or Master thesis

  • biophysics / biological photosynthesis

  • energy research / artificial photosynthesis
    (catalysts for non-fossil fuels from water, CO2 and renewable energy)

Maybe your are interested in joining the group as a Bachelor or Master student working on your thesis. Currently, several projects are available. Your thesis work may be either in the field of biological photosynthesis (biophysics) or artificial photosynthesis (energy research).


Prof. Holger Dau / phone  030/838-53581 / e-mail

Application for PostDoc fellowships

We will support applications for a PostDoc fellowship (e.g., the prestigious and well-funded PostDoc fellowships of the "Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation") provided the applicant:

  • holds a PhD in physics, chemistry or biology (or will get his PhD within the next 8 months),

  • is able to communicate in English efficiently,

  • is scientifically highly qualified (as proven by several excellent publications in international journals),

  • has specific experience in a research area or experimental method related to the research interest of our group (e.g., photosynthesis, solar fuels, water oxidation, X-ray spectroscopy)

  • is highly interested in either (i) biophysical research or (ii) energy research (solar fuels)

  • is highly motivated, and intends to promote his/her academic career by a PostDoc stay in our lab at the Free University in Berlin.

Holger Dau