PhD Position - Development of (Blend) Membranes and MEAs for Direct Fuel Cells

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Work group:

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

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Job description:

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 successful candidate will be part of the department "Electrocatalytic Interfacial Engineering", headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Simon Thiele. 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 for the application in electrolysers, fuel cells and redox-flow batteries. Within this department you will work in the team "Membrane Processing and Synthesis", headed by Dr. Jochen Kerres.

Your Job:

  • Synthesis and characterization of cation-conducting solid electrolyte polymer (blend) membranes using new ionomers

  • Manufacturing of highly selective membranes

  • Production of catalyst layers and membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) using the cation-conducting ionomer (blends)

  • In-situ characterization of MEAs in the acidic operating range in direct fuel cells (fuel: alcohols such as isopropanol)

  • Participation in national and international 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 masters degree in chemistry, technical chemistry or chemical engineering
  • Sound knowledge of technical chemistry
  • Knowledge in the field of membrane technology and technical electrochemistry, e. g. in the production of catalyst layers and membrane electrode assemblies and their use in fuel cells are advantageous
  • 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 as well as with other national and international partners
  • 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
  • A part-time job with 29,25 hours per week
  • Limited for 3 years
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant`s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade EG 13 (75%) TVöD-Bund

Place of employment: ErlangenForschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

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Quote Reference: 2020-140