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Tenure track faculty position in the field of Chemistry

Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
Germany (DE)
Negotiable top-level salary
Closing date
Nov 1, 2023

The Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, ( is a top research institute of the Max-Planck-Society in the field of Chemistry with about 400 employees, approximately half of them scientists. Two Nobel-prizes have gone to the Institute in the past (1963 and 2021).

We are seeking to fill a tenure track faculty position on the level equivalent to assistant or associate professor; however, applications of candidates qualifying for a full professor position will also be considered; terms of appointment would be discussed individually. The position is available from April 1st 2024, but the starting date is flexible and will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

We offer an intellectually stimulating environment, an attractive start-up package, continuous funding for a competitive scientific program, access to a world-class institutional experimental infrastructure at no extra charge, and a top-level salary. The search is open to candidates active in any area of chemistry. A focus on catalysis and related fields would be ideal, but the excellence of the candidate is the most important requirement, irrespective of specialization.

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field, demonstrated excellence in academic research, and a strong interest in developing an original, world-class research program. At an MPI there are no formal teaching obligations, but teaching opportunities could be arranged with one of the neighboring universities. Working language of the institute is English; the institute provides language classes, though, to facilitate everyday life.

The MPI für Kohlenforschung is strongly committed to closing the gender gap in leadership positions. Therefore, the position is designed according to the Lise-Meitner-Excellence-Program of the Max-Planck-Society (, which is specifically aimed at increasing the fraction of female scientists in leadership positions. 


Candidates must submit an online application by email (encrypted, if desired, then please provide password separately) to The application package should consist of


  • a curriculum vitae including five highlighted publications of the applicant’s choice
  • a full list of publications
  • description of the planned research program
  • further, the names and contact information of three references should be provided

Review of applications will start on November 1st, 2023. Later applications may be considered at the discretion of the search committee.

Please find the information according to Art. 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the application procedure of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung under



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