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Solid state chemistry – mesostructured materials: Juniorprofessor Dr. Mirijam Zobel

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Jobs & Theses


​BSc/ MSc thesis

If you are interested in a topic do not hesitate to get in contact with one of our group members.



We look for a Hiwi, BSc or MSc student who is interested to get in touch with neutron scattering. Via quasielastic neutron scattering, we want to study the dynamics of water molecules at facets of nanoparticles, which is important to understand interfacial properties relevant to catalysis, biomedicine or ferrofluids.
You will gain / We offer:

  • Training in neutron scattering and data analysis
  • Participation in our winter school on structure and dynamics, 10-14th Feb 2020 in Austria.
  • Understanding of structure and dynamics at interfaces.
  • Participation in beamtimes for neutron scattering experiments.
  • Become member of a small international research team (3 to 5 people).
  • Presentation of your research work at a conference (QENS/WINS in Spain, June 2020).

PhD positions


Internship offer for Grenoble

The wood pyrolysis – route for manufacturing of advanced carbon materials

The QUEST:

  • Processing of a set of wood pyrolysis in-situ experiments where various wood samples were heated to high temperature in the absence of oxygen.
  • Use of advanced X-ray diffraction analysis techniques (Pair Distribution Function, Rietveld analysis) to determine the key structural transformation in the process with atomic precision.
  • Have fun in Grenoble!

When: Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 or Winter 2020
Where: ESRF - European Synchrotron Facility in Grenoble, France
For how long: up to 4 months, but shorter terms also possible
Financial support: Ca. 1000 €/month (depending on qualification, BSc, MSc, …)

If you are not yet familiar with PDF analysis in general, this internship can be combined with a student job (Hiwi) in the Zobel group to learn the basics of XRD and PDF in Bayreuth, before heading to Grenoble.

Full description including contact details of Jakub Drnec and Mirijam Zobel.

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Hiwi jobs

As a 'hiwi' in our group you can choose what suits best to your likes:

  • Synthesis of nanoparticles with different methods: sol-gel, co-precipitation, ...
  • Characterization of nanoparticles with different techniques: dynamic light scattering, zetapotential, TEM, ...
  • Fitting of crystallographic structures on the computer to experimental data
  • Using different analysis software (Origin, Igor, python-based software and writing small scripts)
  • X-ray diffraction measurements on the lab diffractometer
  • Data analysis of diffraction data

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We advise you in any of the fields.

It is possible to join one of our beamtimes in combination with a BSc or MSc thesis. Please contact us in person if you are interested to participate in upcoming beamtimes.


Past beamtimes:

  • November 2019 at PETRA, Hamburg - PDF beamtime
  • October 2019 at ISIS, Oxford - Neutron PDF beamtime
  • October 2019 at ILL, Grenoble - SANS beamtime
  • February 2019 at Diamond, Oxford - PDF beamtime
  • October 2018 at the ESRF, Grenoble - PDF beamtime
  • June 2018 at the ILL, Grenoble - SANS beamtime
  • March 2018 at Diamond, Oxfordshire - PDF beamtime
  • February 2018 at the ESRF, Grenoble - PDF beamtime
  • October 2017 at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble - PDF beamtime (pair distribution function)

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