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Reference number: 2019-016

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Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the pressing issues of our time. It helps to solve the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment as well as information and the brain. With more than 5,900 employees, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the large interdisciplinary research centres in Europe. The newly founded "Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energies" (HI ERN) is part of Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and works in close collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). 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 www.hi-ern.de

The successful candidate will be part of the electrocatalytical interface engineering department of the HI ERN led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Simon Thiele. The department focuses on manufacturing, analysis and simulation of functional materials to find an optimum structure on small scales from the micrometer to the nanometer scale. The investigated materials and systems play an essential role in sustainable technologies like water- and CO2-electrolyzers, as well as in fuel cells. Furthermore their presence in nonaqueous electrochemical systems like electroorganic synthesis or batteries are decisive. We utilize internationally unique material and process characterization methods which are based on the sophisticated coupling of nano- and microtomographic techniques, additive manufacturing and advanced analysis methods. 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.

We are offering a

PhD Position for Synthesis Approaches and Manufacturing of Membranes and Electrodes for PEM Electrolysis and Fuel Cells

Your Job:

  • Synthesis of nano particles and / or polymers
  • Electrochemical characterisation
  • Support in the development of novel manufacturing approaches for electrodes and membranes of fuel cells and electrolysers
  • Participation in conferences in Germany and abroad (incl. presenting your research results)
  • Exchange with internal and external as well as national and international project partners
  • Mentoring students


Your Profile:

  • Excellent university degree in engineering
  • Strong interest in pursuing research on electrochemical Systems
  • Previous experience in electrochemistry and one (or more) of the following is desirable: fuel cells, electrolysers, design of devices, design of electrical circuits, electrochemical characterization
  • Good mechanical skills, interest in building up new devices / work stations
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English

Our Offer:

  • An excellent environment to perform sound, high-quality research at the international level
  • Daily, hands-on experience in worldwide-unique electrochemical characterization techniques
  • Excellent training in electrochemistry
  • Possibility to participate on 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 institute and possibilities for cooperation with excellent partners at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and 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
  • Limited position for 3 years
  • A part-time job with 29,25 hours per week
  • 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

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 18.02.2019, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019-016: career@fz-juelich.de
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.