PhD position in the field of electron paramagnetic resonance

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-9 – Grundlagen der Elektrochemie



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

The institute of energy and climate research – Fundamental Electrochemistry (IEK-9) focuses on the the development and analysis of performance oriented and sustainable materials and components for electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Aiming to develop and understand sustainable and cost-effective batteries, fuel cells and electrolyzers with improved energy and power density, longer lifetime and maximum safety is the challenge that drives us.


Your Job:


In this position you will investigate redox processes in polymer-based batteries with organic cathode using electron paramagnetic resonance.Your specific tasks will include the following:



  • Investigate radical-based polymer materials by continuous-wave and pulse EPR

  • Study of cycling behavior of polymer-based battery cell by in operando EPR

  • Supplement EPR measurements by other spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques

  • Exchange with internal and external project partners at the Helmholtz-Institute Münster: Ionics in Energy Storage (IEK-12) and University of Münster (WWU)

  • Participate in project meetings

  • Prepare scientific publications and project reports

  • Mentor students and contribute to teaching at RWTH Aachen

Your Profile:

  • Excellent university Masters degree in Chemistry or Physics
  • Previous experience with magnetic resonance required
  • Experience in electrochemistry and polymer chemistry desirable
  • Good mechanical skills, motivation to building new devices
  • Fluent command of written and spoken English
  • High degree of independence and commitment
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to cooperate and work in a team
  • Strong motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years

Our Offer:

  • Worldwide unique spectro-electrochemical characterization techniques
  • Participation in interdisciplinary seminars
  • Chance of participating in national and international conferences
  • Doctoral degree awarded by RWTH Aachen
  • Pay in line with 75 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund)
  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure – ideal conditions for successfully completing a doctoral degree
  • A highly motivated group as well as an international and interdisciplinary working environment at one of Europe’s largest research establishments
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
  • Information on employment as a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jülich can be found here www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2020D-012