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Advertising division: IEK-12 - Helmholtz Institute Münster Ionics in Energy Storage
Reference number: 2018-330


The Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Helmholtz Institute Münster for Ionics in Energy Storage (IEK-12) was founded in July 2014. It operates as a branch office of Forschungszentrum Jülich together with the University of Münster (WWU) and RWTH Aachen University. IEK-12 focusses on electrolyte research considered as a key for new battery concepts. The electrolyte is a central part of most electrochemical storage devices including batteries and is highly crucial for achieving affordable and abundantly available renewable energy sources.

Electrochemical storage for mobile and stationary applications will play an increasingly important role in the future. R&D efforts are currently focusing on the increase of power and energy density as well as on the lifetime of batteries. An auspicious approach of current materials research is seen in the development of various electrolytes and their interactions at electrode interfaces.

We are looking to recruit a

PostDoc in Optical Spectroscopy for Energy Storage Materials and in-situ Characterization

Your Job:

  • Methods development for the characterization of electrolyte/electrode interfaces in Lithium-ion batteries
  • Development of an in-situ cell for optical spectroscopy (e.g. IR/Raman/UV-VIS)
  • Electrochemical characterization of cell components including electrolytes
  • Mechanistic study on the processes of the electrode / electrolyte interfaces
  • Documentation and publication of results in scientific journals and at international conferences
  • Supervision of graduate and undergraduate students

Your Profile:

  • Graduate of a university with excellent academic degree and subsequent doctorate in chemistry, materials science or a related discipline
  • Strong background in optical spectroscopy (IR/Raman)
  • Good manual skills
  • Basic knowledge of electrochemistry
  • Good written and oral communication skills in German and English
  • Willingness to supervise undergraduate students is desired
  • Pronounced ability to cooperate with internal and external partners
  • Ability and willingness for team work, flexibility and self-motivation

Our Offer:

  • An excellent environment to perform high-quality research at international level
  • A lively scientific environment within IEK-12 and possibilities for cooperation with our partners at RWTH Aachen, Forschungszentrum Jülich and WWU Münster
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and family life
  • Limited for 3 years
  • 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)

Place of employment: Münster

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 18.11.2018, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2018-330:
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.