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Postdoctoral scientist (f/m/d) - Electrochemical Approaches to Carbon Dioxide Capture from Air

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Work group:

Electrochemical Conversion

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

Reference No. CE 2024/11

The Young Investigator Group Electrochemical Conversion is looking for

Postdoctoral scientist (f/m/d) - Electrochemical Approaches to Carbon Dioxide Capture from Air

Your Tasks

  • developing a project plan based on review of state-of-the-art electro-swing approaches, consulting with collaborators, and identifying key questions to address experimentally.
  • designing and implementing a test setup for performing CO2 capture/release experiments with electrochemical control, flow management, and product analysis.
  • fabricating electrode materials and handling chemical solutions, and performing chemical, structural, and spectroscopic analysis.
  • working with project collaborators on both experiments and technology assessment (regarding negative emissions potential).
  • preparing manuscripts and publishing your results in peer-reviewed journals and attending conferences to disseminate your research.
  • co-supervising doctoral and masters students, and supporting laboratory management duties.
Your Profile
  • Completed doctorate (PhD) in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics, or related field
  • Expertise with electrochemistry and electrochemical methods applied to researching interfacial processes
  • Experience in writing and publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Desirable: experience with in situ methods coupled with electrochemistry (e.g. XPS, XAS, Raman, IR spectroscopies)
  • Desirable: experience in working with GC, MS, HPLC, TEM
  • Very good command of English in relation to scientific writing and communication with varied audiences
  • High level of intercultural competence and the ability to work in a team as well as independently
To apply, please use the application system to submit a motivation letter (in English) and CV with publications list. Additionally, please complete the questions in the application system according to the instructions.

Further Information

Dr. Matthew Mayer

+49 30 8062 43230

Closing Date: 28.07.2024

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


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