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Advertising division: IEK-11 - Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg Renewable Energy Production
Reference number: 2018-165


The newly founded "Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energies" (HI ERN) is as IEK-11 part of Forschungszentrum Jülich and works in close collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. The research in HI ERN is focused on the areas of innovative materials and processes for hydrogen technologies, photovoltaic energy and solar fuels, therefore covering novel approaches for the conversion and storage of CO2-neutral energy. More information about HI ERN can be found at

We are looking to recruit a as soon as possible

Postdoc in electrochemistry / electrochemical energy conversion

Your Job:

The successful candidate will be part of the Electrocatalysis department of the HI ERN led by Prof. Dr. Karl Mayrhofer. The teams within the Electrocatalysis department focus on the fundamental understanding of activity, stability and selectivity of electrochemically active materials, which play the essential role in sustainable technologies like water- and CO2-electrolyzers, as well as in fuel cells. We utilize internationally unique material and process characterization methods which are based on the sophisticated coupling of novel electrochemical techniques with online analytical tools. Thereby the aim is to significantly contribute to the development of electrochemical energy conversion as a future key player for electromobility and the energy policy in general.

The available postdoc position is related to the following topics:

  • Electrocatalysis of oxygen evolution reaction during water splitting
  • Fundamental electrocatalysis research using coupled electrochemical/non-electrochemical techniques

For more details, see our recent works on this topic (Nature Catalysis (2018) DOI: 10.1038/s41929-018-0085-6, Nature Catalysis 1, 300-305 (2018), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 57, 2488-2491 (2018))

Your Profile:

  • Graduate of a university with excellent academic degree and subsequent doctorate in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or a relevant discipline
  • Previous experience in electrochemistry is required and one (or more) of the following is desirable: electrocatalysis, coupled techniques, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, electrochemical mass-spectroscopy techniques, etc.
  • Strong interest in pursuing research in a multidisciplinary project related to renewable hydrogen generation via electrolysis
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team and ability to lead a team
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English

Our Offer:

  • An excellent international work environment to perform sound, high-quality research at the international level
  • Daily, hands-on experience in worldwide-unique electrochemical characterization techniques
  • Active participation in project meetings, as well as on national and international conferences to present the results and to develop further competences
  • A lively scientific environment within the subinstitute and possibilities for cooperation with excellent partners at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and numerous partners abroad
  • Interaction and cooperation with world-leading industrial partners
  • Strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and/or the industry
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD), depending on the applicant's qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade EG 13 TVöD-Bund

Place of employment: Erlangen

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 01.07.2018, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Alissa Aarts
Telefon: +49 2461 61 9700