The Max Planck Society is Germany's premier research organization. The 83 Max Planck Institutes conduct research at highest levels, in the service of the general public, in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

The Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) investigates dynamical phenomena within matter, studying processes on the elementary time- and length-scales of atomic and electronic motions.

The independent Lise Meitner Group headed by Dr. Mariana Rossi is especially interested in H-bonded systems composed of biomolecules, organic molecules, and their interfaces with inorganic systems. We focus on studying temperature, anharmonic, and nuclear quantum effects from first-principles quantum mechanical simulations, such that reliable and accurate simulations that yield thermodynamic properties, structural stabilities, and dynamics in these systems can be obtained. We carry out developments on ab initio simulation of nuclear quantum effects for static and dynamical observables, ab initio simulation of fully anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy techniques, and on structural characterization of complex systems.

The Institute is also a partner in the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), collaborating with the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) and the University of Hamburg for the development of science based on the X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs).

We are looking for a

Post-Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d)

Your position:

The successful candidate will work on the development of new techniques to characterize vibrational couplings and vibrational energy transfer in organic systems and interfaces where anharmonic quantum nuclear fluctuations take place. These developments will join efforts in the areas of path integral based techniques and supervised and unsupervised machine-learning methods.

Your qualification:

You must have university degree in Chemistry, Physics or Material Science and have completed or be about to complete a PhD in one of these fields. You should have a strong record with notable achievements in theoretical chemical physics, experience with first-principles calculations and path-integral techniques. Furthermore, the candidate should have a good basis on scientific computer programming and software development.

Our offer:

We offer an innovative environment, which will give you the opportunity to develop your own ideas at the forefront of ultrafast science embedded in the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL). We offer a position according to the German public pay scale (TVöD). The appointment is for two years.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. 

Your application:

To apply, please complete the online application form and attach your English CV and motivation letter as well as a list of three possible contacts for reference letters latest. Please submit your application in English only. The call for this position will be open until filling of the vacancy.

For further information please contact Dr. Mariana Rossi: email:

Information about the group activities can be obtained at: The group will be moving to Hamburg in January 2020.

Detailed information about the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter can be found at

We look forward to your application.


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