PhD position - Synthesis and comprehensive characterization of advanced electrolyte components and electrolytes

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Münster, Germany

Work group:

IEK-12 – Helmholtz-Institut Münster Ionenleiter für Energiespeicher



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

Batteries move our world and are ubiquitous – they start the engine of our cars, they move the hands of your clocks and allow us to take pictures with our cell phones. The Helmholtz Institute Münster Ionics in Energy Storage as part of the institute of Energy and Climate research focusses on electrolyte research as a key area for future battery concepts. Major research activities comprise the design, synthesis, characterization and processing of more sophisticated battery electrolytes and chemistries. Our subinstitute is located within the branch office in Münster of Forschungszentrum Jülich in close cooperation with the University of Münster and RWTH Aachen University – in this way fostering joint research efforts while promoting this important forward-looking field of electrochemical energy storage.


Your Job:


Join the EU-funded BIG MAP project to develop new battery chemistries or introduce new functionalities into an existing battery technology to achieve ultra-high performant, sustainable and smart batteries.Your tasks in detail:



  • You take part in regular project meetings with the involved partners from industry and research

  • You are involved in the identification and development of novel electrolyte components (conducting salts, solvents/co-solvents and functional additives) for nonaqueous aprotic lithium-based battery electrolytes

  • You determine the physicochemical (e.g., water content, viscosity, etc.) and thermal (TGA, DSC) properties of nonaqueous aprotic electrolyte formulations

  • You characterize properties and behavior of nonaqueous aprotic liquid electrolyte formulations in lithium-based cells by means of various electrochemical (EIS, LSV, CV, galvanostatic cycling, dissolution tests, plating-stripping experiments), analytical (MS, GC-MS, ICP-OES) and spectroscopic (NMR, FT IR, Raman, UV-VIS) methods

  • You investigate the interfaces between electrolyte and electrodes and their influence on the overall performance and safety of lithium-based batteries and their chemistry

Further information on the project can be found here www.fz-juelich.de/SharedDocs/Meldungen/IEK/IEK-12/EN/2020/2020-05-27-BIG-MAP.html

Your Profile:

  • University degree (MSc) in chemistry or materials science or a comparable field of study
  • Background knowledge and proven interest in the field of electrochemistry
  • Fluent in spoken and written German as well as English
  • Strong cooperation and communication skills
  • Structured and independent way of working

Our Offer:

  • A lively scientific environment within the HI MS and possibilities for cooperation with our partners at RWTH Aachen, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and WWU Münster
  • An excellent environment to perform high-quality research at international level
  • Within the scope of your work there are many opportunities to participate in international conferences and to train key competences
  • Within the framework of the scientific work, you will have the opportunity to gain industry-relevant knowledge about the complete battery manufacturing process – from synthesis to characterization of the finished cells
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
  • Usually a contract for the duration of 3 years
  • Pay in line with 67 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund).
  • Information on employment as a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jülich can be found here www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs

Place of employment: MünsterForschungszentrum 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-070