Conducting research for a changing society: This is what drives us at Forschungszentrum Jülich. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, we aim to tackle the grand societal challenges of our time and conduct research into the possibilities of a digitized society, a climate-friendly energy system, and a resource-efficient economy. Work together with around 6,400 employees in one of Europe’s biggest research centres and help us to shape change!
Would you like to contribute to the energy transition in Germany through your work? Then the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg (for Renewable Energy) (HI ERN) is the right place for you! The HI ERN forms the core of the close partnership between Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy, and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg at the Erlangen site. The collaboration relates to the areas of innovative materials and processes for photovoltaic energy systems and hydrogen as a storage and carrier medium for CO2-neutral energy. Support us researching and developing solutions for the climate-neutral, sustainable, and cost-effective utilization of renewable energies.
The electrocatalytic interface engineering department led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Simon Thiele 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. Further information about the HI ERN and its research focus can be found on www.hi-ern.de.
We are looking to recruit a
PhD Student – Manufacturing and Characterization of Membrane Electrode Assemblies for Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolyzers
Additive manufacturing of membrane electrode assemblies for proton exchange membrane water electrolyzers that are made from new catalyst layers
Physical, spectroscopic, and electrochemical characterization of membrane electrode assemblies prior to, during, and after operation
Study and process optimization of manufacturing of membrane electrode assemblies in order to improve the achievable performance and stability
Participation in project meetings
Coordination with internal and external partners
Publication and presentation of research results in relevant journals or at international conferences
Excellent master’s degree in Chemistry, Physics, Process Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a similar discipline
Strong interest in pursuing research on electrochemical systems
Experience in one (or more) of the following areas is desirable: electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, additive manufacturing (spray coating, doctor blade, slot-die coating), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
High motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years
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
We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:
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
Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure
Opportunity to participate in (international) conferences and project meetings
Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor
Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
30 days of annual leave
A structured doctoral degree programme for you and your supervisors with a comprehensive further training and networking package on our doctoral researchers’ platform JuDocs
The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years, with possible long-term prospects. Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60% of a monthly salary as special payment (“Christmas bonus”). Pay higher than the basic pay may be possible.
Place of employment: Erlangen
Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.