PhD position – High-throughput screening of the stability of cathode materials of lithium-ion batteries

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:

The "Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energies" (HI ERN) is as IEK-11 a part of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The IEK-11 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.


Your Job:



  • Investigation of the stability of cathode materials with our advanced characterization tools developed in the group

  • Analysis of the effect of different electrochemical parameters on the dissolution

  • Mechanistic investigation of the underlying processes leading to dissolution

  • Collaboration with partners in preparing and modifying cathode materials

  • Execution of experiments

  • Analysis and communication of the obtained experimental data

  • Writing papers and presenting the results at national and international conferences

Your Profile:

  • Excellent university degree in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or a relevant discipline
  • Previous experience in fundamental and/or applied electrochemistry
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Good cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Good skills in spoken and written English
  • High motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years

Our Offer:

  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive campus (FAU Südgelände) including many opportunities for cooperation with partners from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and from abroad
  • Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure for conducting high-quality research
  • Working with worldwide unique analytical measuring methods
  • Cooperation with leading industry partners worldwide
  • Extensive range of further training courses
  • Various opportunities to reconcile work and family
  • A part-time job with 29.25 hours per week
  • A position initially limited to 3 years
  • Remuneration and social benefits according to the collective agreement of the public service (75% EG 13 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: 2020-069