PhD Student (f/m/d) in Electrochemistry

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB)

Berlin, Germany

Work group:

Material Transformations in Electrocatalysts

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

Reference No. EE 2019/43

The Young Investigator Group Material Transformations in Electrocatalysts is looking for

PhD Student (f/m/d) in Electrochemistry


  • Preparation of model electrode materials using Physical vapor deposition and their characterization by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, including synchrotron based methods, electrochemical measurements of their catalytic performance

  • Execution of experiments, analysis and communication of the obtained experimental data

  • Collaboration with partners within HZB, HI ERN and MPIE Dusseldorf

  • Writing papers and presenting the results in conferences, project meetings

The successful candidate will start working on the project at the MPIE Düsseldorf, developing expertise in advanced characterization methods known in material science, and continue the project in Erlangen and Berlin.


  • Excellent university degree in Chemistry, Material Science, Physics, Chemical Engineering or a relevant discipline
  • Previous experience in fundamental electrochemistry and one (or more) of the following is desirable: XPS methods or PVD techniques
  • High motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years, ability to work independently and show initiative
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English

Our Offer:

  • A lively scientific environment within the institute and possibilities for cooperation with excellent partners at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the HI ERN, MPIE Düsseldorf, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and numerous partners in Germany and abroad
  • An excellent international environment to perform sound, high-quality research at the international level
  • Active participation in project meetings, as well as on national and international conferences to present the results and to develop further competences
  • Strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and/or the industry

Further Information

Dr. Olga Kasian


Closing Date: 15.12.2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: EE 2019/43