Lotsch Research Group - Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy

Open Positions

Doctoral/Postdoctoral Position: Hybrid solid-state electrolytes

The Nanochemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (MPI-FKF) in Stuttgart invites applications for a PhD or Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d) for the project “Hybrid solid-state electrolytes” as part of the Cluster of Excellence e-conversion.

Scientific environment

The department is active in the development of new functional materials for solar energy conversion and electrochemical energy storage. Our research operates at the interface between material synthesis and characterization with the goal to understand structure–property–activity relationships in novel energy materials. We employ methods of classical solid-state synthesis, Chimie Douce and techniques of nanofabrication, along with various diffraction, spectroscopic and microscopic techniques to analyze structure (local and long-range), morphology, as well as dynamics and transport of electronic and ionic charge carriers.

About the position

The position offers the opportunity of cutting-edge fundamental research on solid-state battery materials. The project will study the design and function of hybrid solid-state electrolytes in an interdisciplinary project in close collaboration with theory. The focus is on advanced synthesis and electrochemical characterization of inorganic electrolytes and involves bulk synthesis and film deposition, as well as interface and interphase characterization.

Your qualifications

The Nanochemistry Department is looking for a highly motivated doctoral or postdoctoral candidate with a strong background in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic and solid-state materials. The candidate should hold a master’s or doctoral degree in chemistry or related fields. A background in solid-state ionics, battery materials or solid-state electrochemistry would be advantageous. The successful candidate will closely collaborate with theorists and experimentalists within e-conversion and at MPI-FKF and work in a competitive international environment.

Interested to join our team?

For further information, read more about our department here: https://www.fkf.mpg.de/lotsch or contact Prof. Dr. B. Lotsch by email b.lotsch@fkf.mpg.de. In your cover letter, please describe your motivation and background for applying for this specific project.


The Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of currently 86 institutes and facilities of the Max Planck Society with about 24.000 employees who conducts basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, and humanities. The international research institute is focused on solid-state materials and how the structures of these materials affect their electrical, mechanical and magnetic properties. Currently about 600 employees are working at the institute. The Max Planck Society strives to ensure a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities irrespective of gender, nationality or disabilities of the applicants. 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.



Postdoctoral research can be carried out within the diverse framework of research topics covered by the group, including organic synthesis of ligands for porous frameworks, nanoparticle and sol-gel chemistry, and photonic crystal research. Different funding agencies may provide funding for a postdoctoral position, such as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, DAAD, or the EU (Marie-Curie fellowship). Note that both scholarships need some time to be processed.   If you are interested, please contact Prof. Lotsch.