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Head of ‘Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering’

Forschungszentrum Jülich and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invite applications for the position of Head of ‘Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering’ at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg (HI ERN) for Renewable Energy.

In accordance with the Jülich Model, the successful applicant will also be appointed Professor (grade W2) of Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering by FAU at the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The place of employment will be Erlangen.

HI ERN conducts research and development work for materials- and process-based solutions for the climate-neutral and sustainable use of renewable energy at acceptable social costs. At HI ERN, researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, and FAU work together on this common goal. The main priorities of the Institute are printable photovoltaics and hydrogen as a secondary energy carrier.

We are seeking an internationally respected researcher in the field of electrochemical engineering who is capable of further advancing, in particular, the material and process engineering principles of electrolysis and fuel cells at the highest scientific level. The candidate should have proven experience, for example in electrochemical energy conversion, characterization of interfaces in complex catalytic layers, or polymer processing. It is envisaged that the successful candidate’s research activities will be complementary to and interlinked with other groups at the Institute, as well as with work at Jülich's Institute of Energy and Climate Research and with FAU, in particular with the Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’ and Energie Campus Nürnberg.

The successful candidate is expected to make an appropriate contribution to teaching at FAU’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, for example in the form of lectures on electrochemistry and laboratory courses for Bachelor’s and Master’s students of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Energy Technology, and Sustainable Chemical Technologies. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to acquire additional third-party funding.

Prerequisites for the position are a university degree, university-level teaching experience, a doctoral degree, and additional academic qualifications. These should be in the form of a Habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) or equivalent academic publications. The necessary qualifications may also have been acquired in a non-university context or through a junior faculty position (e.g. W1 Professor or Assistant Professor).

FAU and Forschungszentrum Jülich are family-friendly employers and are also responsive to the needs of dual career couples. In their pursuit of academic excellence, FAU and Forschungszentrum Jülich are committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity.

Please submit your complete digital application documents (CV, list of publications, list of lectures and courses taught, copies of certificates and degrees, list of third-party funding) at by 26 November 2016, addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Karl Mayrhofer
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (IEK-11)
Egerlandstr. 3
91058 Erlangen

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