PhD Position - Novel Shaped Nanostructures for First Generation Anion Exchange Membrane Electrolyzers

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-3 – Elektrochemische Verfahrenstechnik



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

The Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3) specializes in electrochemical converters with electrolytes composed of polymer membranes (PEM-FCs & EC) and ceramics (SOCs) as well as chemical converters for autothermal reforming, catalytic gas treatment, and fuel synthesis.Our aim is to create cost-effective novel nanostructures based on non-precious metals to be used in electrodes for hydrogen production using water electrolyzers. This project involves world-leading and highly experienced industrial and research partners working to develop the first generation of commercial anion exchange membrane electrolyzers. The focus of the PhD study will be on the synthesis of 3D transition-metals based catalysts to be used on the anode side. A variety of emerging synthetic methods, using inorganic and organometallic precursors will be investigated and the resultant materials will be explored as electrocatalysts. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques will be used, amongst others in-situ liquid TEM to study in real-time the performance and stability of the electrocatalysts. Detailed project descriptions and planning will be undertaken directly with the successful candidate.


Your Job:



  • Research of advanced and scalable synthesis methods to create shaped nanostructures to be used as oxygen evolution reaction electrocatalysts

  • Elucidation of the mechanisms of material synthesis, performance advanced HR-TEM characterization methods

  • Electrochemical evaluation of the materials as electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline medium

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, material science or a related field with above-average results
  • Previous experience in Nanoparticle synthesis
  • Previous experience in electrochemical characterization using half-cell and or single cell testing platforms
  • Previous experience in physical chemical characterization methods and/or analytical chemistry
  • Full competence in the English language (written and spoken)
  • Good command of German, spoken and written is an advantage

Our Offer:

  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure – ideal conditions for successfully completing a doctoral degree
  • World-Class Infrastructure and Laboratory Facilities
  • A highly motivated group as well as an international and interdisciplinary working environment at one of Europe`s largest research establishments
  • Chance of participating in (international) conferences and project meetings
  • Continuous, professional support by your scientific supervisor
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
  • Pay in line with 75 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund)
  • Usually a contract for the duration of 3 years

Forschungszentrum 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: 2019D-195

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