PhD student (m/f/d) | operando analysis of Ni-bases catalysts for alkaline water electrolysis



August 15, 2021


The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC) in Mülheim an der Ruhr studies the fundamental chemical processes for energy storage in chemical molecules.

Within the framework of the ProemtH2eus project for a duration of 3 years the Department of Heterogeneous Reactions is searching for a PhD student (m/f/d) on the topic operando analysis of Ni-bases catalysts for alkaline water electrolysis.

Your tasks:

The PrometH2eus project is a consortium of several universities, research institutes and industry partners, aiming to guide an application-oriented development of Ni-based anode materials for the alkaline water electrolysis to produce hydrogen. Your task will be the utilization of soft X-rays for operando characterization of such materials to generate the basic knowledge about their electronic structure under technically relevant conditions. In addition to laboratory-based experiments at the MPI CEC you will develop and apply state-of-the-art equipment to combine electrochemistry with operando spectroscopy (XAS, XPS, RIXS) at the large-scale research facility BESSY II in Berlin. For the synthesis of corresponding model electrodes you will work closely with an Australian partner group. Furthermore, you will cooperate with other project partners in sample characterization and regularly participate in (inter)national conferences and project meetings in order to present and discuss your results.

Your qualifications:
  • A university degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in physics, chemistry, material science, or a similar discipline in engineering or natural sciences
  • Due to the internationality of the project a very good knowledge of the English language (spoken and written) is absolutely necessary
  • Experiences in X-ray spectroscopy and/or electrocatalysis are beneficial
  • Ability to work in a team as well as showing personal initiative, good communication and presentation skills
  • High motivation and interest in interdisciplinary research are mandatory
  • Our offer:

    We offer an international, dynamic working environment in a renowned research institute, family-friendly jobs and flexible working hours. The salary is in accordance with the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for junior scientists.

    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. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.


    Please send your application (Cover letter, CV, certificates, references) preferably as one merged pdf document via email until 15th August 2021 with the subject “MT010” to:

    Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion Dr. Marc Tesch Stiftstr. 34-36 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr Germany


    Further information regarding the data protection for applicants can be found on our institute website.

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