Research Scientist in Ultrafast Spectroscopyerin


The Chemical Department at the Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM, Permoserstr. 15, 04318
Leipzig, Germany) aims to fill the position of a Group Leader (male or female) in Computational Chemistry, starting February 1st, 2018, or later.
Excellent and motivated candidates with a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or similar and an excellent and visible track record in ultrafast spectroscopy and radiation chemistry are encouraged to apply.

Candidate requirements
The candidate should have extensive experience in ultrafast spectroscopy and dynamics of processes
relevant to surfaces and interfaces, laser instrumentation, as well as radiation chemistry. Experience in the development of non-standard spectroscopic methods is also highly welcome. The candidate should have a visible track record in successful proposal writing and research money acquisition in individual or larger network proposals. The candidate is expected to work successfully with the 4 ultrafast setups and the electron beam accelerator at the IOM, and other infrastructure such as time-resolved PEEM and a high harmonics table-top beam line setup.

Work at the IOM

  • Work with 4 ultrafast setups at the IOM and guide PhD students
  • Closely cooperate with other work groups and scientists at the IOM
  • Be a principal investigator in research and development projects
  • Participate in teaching at the University Leipzig
  • Write highly competitive proposals


  •  PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or similar fields
  • international visibility, extensive experience in the field of ultrafast spectroscopy, laser instrumentation, and radiation chemistry
  • strong publication record in excellent journals
  • Ability to communicate, write reports and proposals in English and German


  • Research experience in international top laboratories (e.g., as grad-student or postdoc)
  • Habilitation

The salary will be within the German TV-L system (Entgeltgruppe 13). The position is initially limited to
three (3) years with the possibility of extension or tenure after evaluation.

Working time
40 h/week