PhD Position – Solid State Electrochemistry – ElectrocatalysisForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH • Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Fundamentals of Electrochemistry (IEK-9) • Jülich

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February 6, 2022


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Time Span 01 Jun 2022 for 3 years Application Deadline 06 Feb 2022 Financing yes Type of Position

  • PhD - Doctoral Programme
  • Field of Research

  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Subjects Electrochemistry Description Conducting research for a changing society: This is what drives us at Forschungs­zentrum Jülich. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, we aim to tackle the grand societal challenges of our time and conduct research into the possibilities of a digitized society, a climate- friendly energy system, and a resource-efficient economy. Work together with around 6,800 employees in one of Europe's biggest research centres and help us to shape change!

    At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Fundamentals of Electrochemistry (IEK-9) –, we perform research on highly relevant topics related to the energy transition. For example, we investigate new battery concepts and how we can turn the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into the fuel of the future. The aim is to develop sustainable and cost-effective electrochemical systems with improved energy and power density, longer lifetime, and maximal safety. Find out more about our mission and future- oriented projects here.

    We are offering a PhD Position – Solid State Electrochemistry – Electrocatalysis

    Your Job: Electrochemistry is expected to play an important role in the transition away from fossil fuels to a renewable energy and a hydrogen-based economy. As part of the Power-to-X, iNEW2 (Inkubator für Nachhaltige Elektrochemische Wertschöpfung) project with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF), we are investigating the use of excess renewable energy to upgrade greenhouse gases such as CH4 and CO2 into carbon-neutral and -negative higher-value products (further info on the projects: https: // and https: // Intermediate temperature ceramic hydrogen transport membranes offer the unique capability to accomplish this, so we are pursuing efforts in solid-state electrochemistry and heterogeneous electrocatalysis to develop proton-ceramic membranes, electrocatalysts, and catalytically active electrodes for large scale devices.

    As part of a new branch of our institute, your efforts will aim to develop electrocatalysts and catalytically active electrodes, investigate electrode reaction kinetics, and characterize stability and performance. Using promising developments, chemical production and conversion rates will be quantified, then in collaboration with industrial partners, reaction conditions and process flow design will be optimized for TRL advancement aimed at industrially relevant chemical production processes. Your tasks in detail:

    - Consulting literature and becoming knowledgeable in the current state-of- the-art - Preparation of electrocatalysts, electrodes, and other materials - Microstructural and electrocatalytic performance characterization (some available instruments include SEM-EDAX, XRD, XPS, TGA, DIL / CTE, EIS, j-V, MS / GC) - Testing matrix development, execution, and data processing - Reporting activities and results via internal reports, manuscripts, and presentations

    Your Profile: - Excellent master's degree in physics or chemistry as well as relevant experience - Knowledge of catalysis and/or electrochemistry - Experience in GC / MS operation, calibration, and data analysis - Laboratory experience and computer skills - Enthusiastic, excellent cooperation, communication, and team-work capabilities - Independent, motivated, and responsible way of working - Willingness to learn and ability to think outside of the box - Fluency in oral and written English is mandatory, language skills in German are desirable

    Our Offer: We are offering the opportunity to work in a brand new multi-disciplinary environment using state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure to develop next-generation energy- and chemical-sourcing technology. We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

    - An international research environment with well-equipped laboratories in one of the largest research centers in Europe - Mentored autonomy in theory and experimentation - Close proximity to the beautiful cities of Cologne and Aachen - Fun and social working atmosphere - Extensive company health management - Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family- friendly corporate policy - 30 days of annual leave - Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors: https: // www. fz- - Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

    The position is initially for a fixed term of three years. Pay will be in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60% of a monthly salary as special payment (“Christmas bonus”). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at www. fz-

    We are anticipating a starting date in June 2022 for this position. Please submit your cover letter, CV, and references only in English.

    Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

    We look forward to receiving your application until February 6, 2022 via our Online Recruitment System: https: // www. fz-

    Questions about the vacancy? Get in touch with us by using our contact form: https: // www. fz-

    Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.


    Working Language

  • English
  • German
  • Language of Dissertation

  • English
  • German
  • Required Documents

  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Letter of Motivation
  • List of Publication
  • More Information https: // www. fz-