Postdoc - Electrochemical Energy Storage (Next Generation Batteries)

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-1 – Werkstoffsynthese und Herstellungsverfahren

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

The Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Materials Synthesis and Processing (IEK-1) offers a dynamic and international work environment. We develop materials and components for highly efficient future energy conversion and storage systems (in particular, oxide ceramic fuel cells, solid-state batteries, thermal barrier coatings for gas turbines and gas separation membranes). The main focus is put on inorganic materials which are processed as functional layers via gas phase or powder deposition. Our core competences allow for a rapid transfer of scientific results for industrial implementation.

Your Job:

Next-generation batteries will play an important role in future applications in the automotive industry and for stationary energy storage. Key areas of research and development are increasing the energy density and operational reliability of new battery concepts, with all solid state batteries being the most promising one. However, for a knowledge-based improvement of future battery generations, new analytical methods must also be developed, especially for Li in operating cells. Within the framework of a BMBF-funded joint project, the following activities are among your tasks:

  • Manufacturing of next generation ceramic all-solid-state batteries using state-of-the-art, industrially established synthesis and manufacturing processes for ceramic powders and components.

  • 2D and 3D analysis of Li using advanced techniques based on ion beam analysis (RBS, NRA, PIXE/PIGE) and neutrons (PGAA; n-depth profiling) in the produced cells (operando – analysis)

  • Complementary, upstream analysis of the used starting powders, pastes and slurries as well as the manufactured components and cells with regard to quality and performance (e.g. X-ray diffraction (XRD), different types of microscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), etc.)

  • Evaluation, documentation and publication of the results, especially with regard to industrial feasibility

  • Cooperation with and co-supervision of doctoral students as well as coordination with project partners

Your Profile:

  • PhD degree with excellent grades in natural science or engineering with a materials science orientation
  • Sound knowledge of materials science and natural sciences
  • Experience in the synthesis and fabrication of ceramic materials and/or secondary batteries or analysis methods based on ions or neutrons
  • Knowledge of solid state chemistry and electrochemistry is an advantage
  • Experience in project management and the ability to cooperate cooperatively
  • Very good knowledge of German and English (oral and written)
  • A high degree of flexibility and motivation as well as ability to work independently

Our Offer:

  • Exciting working environment on an attractive research campus with excellent infrastructure, located between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • A challenging and flexible position in an interdisciplinary and international team with the focus on application-oriented research and development
  • Excellent infrastructure for experimental work with high scientific relevance
  • Close cooperation with renowned research institutes
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
  • Limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)

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

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Quote Reference: 2019-458