POLiS investigates new battery materials and technology concepts for the efficient and sustainable storage of electrical energy that no longer require the use of lithium. Within POLiS, we develop electrode materials and electrolytes that enable powerful and sustainable systems based on Na, Mg, Zn, Ca, Al, and Cl ions. POLiS is a joint project of Ulm University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with the associated partners Justus Liebig University Gießen and ZSW Ulm. It is currently funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) until the end of 2025 with 6.5 Mio. € annually.
Both international and German early career researchers who work on post-lithium batteries or related topics and who look for a stimulating and excellent environment to pursue their research ideas are invited to apply now for one of two available positions in the POLiS Junior Research Group Application Program (JuRaGAP). Application deadline is May 31, 2022.
The POLiS JuRaAGAP provides early career researchers with the opportunity to raise funding for and establish a third-party funded junior research group in the Cluster. Participants spend two years as a postdoc at one of the partner universities (Ulm University, KIT, JLU Gießen) while preparing the proposal for their junior research group. Funding includes the position of the participant, a budget for supplies and travel, and initial funding for small investments. Participants are expected to complete an application for a high-profile junior research group through programs such as Emmy Noether, European Research Council Starting Grant, German Federal Ministry of Research (BMBF) or similar. The program provides all participants with individual support in their career development as well as in preparing their proposal.
Candidates who apply for a position in the POLiS JuRaAGAP must have
Preference is given to candidates who have no affiliation with any of the participating organizations in POLiS.
Please submit your application using the website form (https://www.postlithiumstorage.org/en/career-support/juragap) and upload the following documents at the end of the form. Please note that we only consider your application after you provide us with all requested information.
We follow a two-stage selection process: (a) Pre-selection based on the written applications, (b) final selection during an “Exploration Week” organized in Ulm and Karlsruhe, depending on the pandemic situation. Written applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary experts committee. Candidates who successfully pass this pre-selection will be invited to an Exploration Week at POLiS. During this week, applicants will: