PhD Positions in Sustainable Metallurgy at Partner Institutes in Germany

PhD in Germany, International Max Planck Research School

PhD Positions in Sustainable Metallurgy: The International Max Planck Research School for Sustainable Metallurgy (SusMet) is offering 10 full-time PhD positions in the field of Sustainable Metallurgy, focusing on both experimental and simulation-based research. Join a dynamic and interdisciplinary doctoral program conducted in English, collaborating with leading institutes in Germany. Explore carbon-free sustainable metallurgy, employing innovative reduction processes and cutting-edge simulation techniques.

Designation: PhD Researcher

Research Area: Sustainable Metallurgy (Experiment & Simulation)

Location: Partner Institutes in Germany:

  • Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/Ruhr
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen


  • Excellent master’s degree in materials science, physics, engineering, or chemistry.
  • Proficiency in English.

Job Description:

PhD Positions in Sustainable Metallurgy (Experiment & Simulation)

The SusMet program is a three-year, structured doctoral program focused on advancing sustainable metallurgy. It brings together scientists from across the globe to explore carbon-free metallurgical processes that use hydrogen as a reducing agent, direct electroreduction (electrolysis), and plasma synthesis. The research involves both experimental and simulation-based approaches, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Development and application of advanced simulation techniques to understand fundamental structures and mechanisms in materials synthesis.
  • High-resolution analysis, monitoring, and modeling of chemistry, structure, and transformations at the atomic scale.
  • Experimental and computational analysis of transport and reactions involving surfaces and particles.

We particularly encourage applications from candidates with a computational background.

What We Offer:

  • Engaging research in a dynamic work environment.
  • Well-structured curriculum and close supervision of PhD projects, including regular status meetings.
  • An international and open-minded research community with excellent collaboration opportunities.
  • Competitive remuneration:
    • At Max Planck Institutes: TVöD 13 65%, approximately €34,000 gross per year.
    • At Universität Duisburg-Essen: TV-L 13 65%, approximately €34,000 gross per year.
    • At Ruhr-Universität Bochum: Scholarship of €1,800 net per month.

Special Notices:

  • Application Deadline: October 29, 2023
  • Starting Date: January 1, 2024, or individually later

How to Apply:

Please apply online through the official application portal. We do not accept applications via post or email.

The school offers funding, but applications from students with their own funding are also welcome.

The Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH is committed to employing individuals with disabilities and encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society promotes gender and diversity equality and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

For inquiries or additional information, contact Elke LORENZ at

Join us in shaping the future of sustainable metallurgy through innovative research and international collaboration. Apply now to be part of this exciting journey!



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