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Advertising division: IEK-12 - Helmholtz Institute Münster Ionics in Energy Storage
Reference number: 2019-394

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Batteries move our world and are ubiquitous – they start the engine of our cars, they move the hands of your clocks and allow us to take pictures with our cell phones. The Helmholtz Institute Münster for Ionics in Energy Storage as part of the institute of Energy and Climate research focusses on electrolyte research as a key area for future battery concepts. Major research activities comprise the design, synthesis, characterization and processing of more sophisticated battery electrolytes and chemistries. Our institute operates as a branch office of Forschungszentrum Jülich in close cooperation with the University of Münster and RWTH Aachen University, in this way fostering joint research efforts while promoting this important forward-looking field of electrochemical energy storage.

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Head of a young investigator group in battery research

Your Job:

  • You will establish a young investigator group in the field of battery research and independently shape promising research activities including project ideas and methods, thereby attracting third-party and public research funding
  • Part of your responsibilities will be the independent supervision of PhD students
  • You will disseminate your research results e.g. by publishing in highly visible research journals and by participating in leading scientific conferences

Your Profile:

The successful candidate will be a research personality with a track record in electrochemistry as well as materials sciences of battery materials and electrochemical cells.
He/she should have convincing capabilities to tie in with the research activities of the Helmholtz Institute Münster, the Institute of Energy and Climate Research of Forschungszentrum Jülich, the MEET Battery Research Center and the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy of Münster University.

  • You will have excellent degrees, including a PhD, for example in chemistry, materials science or physics
  • You have gained experience as a postdoctoral researcher outside Germany (preferably USA or EU; necessary prerequisite for the position to be filled); in addition, a job change after your PhD will be viewed favorably. Applications from abroad are also welcome.
  • After your PhD you have spent up to five years in research related to the field of electrochemical energy storage
  • You have documented experience with independent research activities
  • Your excellent communication skills in English (and preferably in German) will help you to supervise and guide your group
  • In interdisciplinary collaborations you were able to show your flexibility

Our Offer:

  • Join a team in the highly attractive field of battery research and take the opportunity to shape research for this essential technology domain
  • Profit from the high reputation and strong national and international network of the director of IEK-12, Prof. Martin Winter
  • We will provide you with state-of-the-art equipment on an international level, specific additional equipment to support your research is expected to be funded through successful grant proposals
  • To start your group funding of your own position, two PhD student positions and required consumables and travel expenses will be provided
  • Our closely knit network of globally leading industrial partners is at your disposal for professional exchange
  • A communicative and stimulating discussion culture within our institute, as well as possibilities for career development complete our offer
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
  • Limited for 5 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)


Upon application, please, submit a scientific research plan covering the following aspects:
Overall motivation and intended scientific achievements, highlighting your potential career goals, either in academia, in an industry research laboratory or self-employment.

Prior to application consider to get in touch with Dr Gunther Brunklaus (E-Mail: g.brunklaus@fz-juelich.de) for further information, please.

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.