Novel Synthesis Processes, Polymers and Membranes for PEM Fuel Cells and Electrolysers

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Work group:

IEK-11 – Helmholtz-Institut Erlangen-Nürnberg Erneuerbare Energien



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

The "Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energies" (HI ERN) is as IEK-11 a part of Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ). The institute works in close collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). The collaboration between the partners is focussed on the research areas of innovative materials and processes for photovoltaic energy and solar fuels, as well as for hydrogen technologies, therefore covering novel approaches for conversion and storage of CO2 neutral energy. The successful candidate will be part of the department "Electrocatalytic Interfacial Engineering", headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Simon Thiele, in the team "Membrane Production and Synthesis", headed by Dr. Jochen Kerres. The department focuses on the production, analysis and simulation of functionally optimal structures from the nanometer scale to the micrometer scale in electrochemically active materials as well as the production of new materials for catalysis and polymer electrolyte membranes.


Your Job:



  • Synthesis and analysis of ionic conductive solid electrolyte polymers

  • Preparation and characterization of acidic and alkaline membranes for fuel cells and electrolysers in the operating range between approx. 20-200°C

  • Participation in project meetings

  • Coordination with internal and external partners

  • Publication and presentation of research results in relevant journals or at international conferences

Your Profile:

  • Successfully completed scientific master`s degree in chemistry with excellent grades
  • Sound knowledge in synthetic and analytical polymer chemistry
  • Knowledge in the field of (acidic and alkaline) solid electrolyte polymers and their application in electrochemical membrane processes such as fuel cells, electrolysis or redox-flow batteries is an advantage
  • Great motivation to complete the doctorate within 3 years
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Willingness to show initiative and the ability to work independently
  • Strong cooperation and communication skills as well as the ability to work in a team
  • Excellent oral and written German and English skills

Our Offer:

  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive campus (FAU Südgelände) including many opportunities for cooperation with partners from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and from abroad
  • Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure for carrying out high-quality research
  • Working with analytical measurement methods that are unique in the world
  • Cooperation with leading industry partners worldwide
  • Extensive range of further training courses
  • A wide range of options for reconciling work and family life
  • Pay in line with 75 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund)

Place of employment: ErlangenForschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019-357

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