PhD Student - Mechanism of the inactivation of viruses on photocatalysts using light


For our location in Hamburg we are seeking:

PhD Student - Mechanism of the inactivation of viruses on photocatalysts using light

Limited: 3 years | Starting date: earliest possible | ID: FSDO024/2021 | Deadline: open | Full-time/Part-time

DESY, with its more than 2700 employees at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen, is one of the world's leading research centres. Its research focuses on decoding the structure and function of matter, from the smallest particles of the universe to the building blocks of life. In this way, DESY contributes to solving the major questions and urgent challenges facing science, society and industry. With its ultramodern research infrastructure, its interdisciplinary research platforms and its international networks, DESY offers a highly attractive working environment in the fields of science, technology and administration as well as for the education of highly qualified young scientists.

For versatile and challenging tasks in an international environment, DESY is seeking dedicated employees in the field of natural sciences for the Helmholtz holistic approach to overcome the Covid-19-pandemic. A contributed project to this campaign is called CORAERO - "Airborne Transmission of SARS Coronavirus - From Fundamental Science to Efficient Air Cleaning Systems" will benefit from the expertise of the Centre for X-ray and Nano Science (CXNS), where the DESY Nanolab is located.

About your role:

  • Structural and morphological characterization of the oxide supported virus by scanning probe microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering and fluorescence microscopy
  • lnvestigation of the mechanism of aerosol/virus interaction with photocatalysts
  • Development of materials for virus inactivation under sunlight and various environmental conditions. Surface modification of catalysts, development of coating and filter materials
  • Active communication and cooperation within CORAERO

Good reasons to join:

Look forward to a unique working environment on our international research campus. We attach particular importance to appreciative cooperation and the well-being of our DESY employees. Gender equality is an important aspect for us. To support work life balance we offer flexible working hours, variable part-time and job-sharing. You will benefit from our family-friendly and collegial atmosphere, our established health management and occupational pension provision. As a public employer, we offer you a secure workplace and facilitate your individual career with our comprehensive training and development opportunities. Remuneration is according to the regulations of the TV-AVH.

Limited: 3 years

About you:

  • Master education in physics, chemistry, biophysics, materials science or equivalent
  • Experience with bio laboratories
  • Experience in operation under ultra-high vacuum, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, lnfrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, XRD techniques, Floueresence microscopy and atomic force microscopy are a bonus
  • Very good language skills of English
  • Willingness to work in a team
  • Experience with chemistry laboratories

For further information please contact Dr. Heshmat Noei, +49 40 8998-6011 (

PhD students receive a monthly salary of 2/3 of the payment of the remuneration group 13, level 2 according to the regulations of the TV-AVH.

Please arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to the DESY human resource department by using our online tool: Additional application documents

We look forward to receiving your application via our application portal:

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DESY promotes equal opportunities and diversity. The professional development of women is very important to us and therefore we strongly encourage women to apply for the vacant position. Applications from severely disabled persons will be given preference if they are equally qualified.

You can find further information here:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestraße 85
22607 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: