PhD position: Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Alkaline Water Electrolysis

Research Center Jülich - FZJ - Helmholtz Association

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-3 - Elektrochemische Verfahrenstechnik

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Starting date:


Contract time limit:


Job description:

With the world's energy utilization increasing, new solutions are required to satisfy the energy demand while minimizing the environmental impact. To meet this challenge, new technologies must be improved to achieve sustainable energy conversion and consumption. Alkaline electrolysis is a promising candidate towards the clean conversion of electricity into chemical energy. The focus of the PhD thesis will be on the synthesis of Ni based catalysts for alkaline electrolysis. A variety of emerging synthetic methods, using inorganic and organometallic precursors will be investigated and the resultant materials will be explored as electro-catalysts. Detailed project descriptions and planning will be undertaken directly with the successful candidate.

We are seeking exceptionally talented and motivated students to join our young, ambitious research team. We are looking to recruit as soon as possible.

Your Job:Optimization of novel and scalable material preparation protocols; elucidation of the mechanisms of material synthesis, evaluation of the resulting materials as electro-catalysts for the HER/OER in alkaline medium.

Your Profile:

Master’s degree in chemistry, material science or a related field with a good final grade. Previous experience in one or more of the following is desirable: Inorganic Chemistry (in particular nanoparticle synthesis), Physical Chemistry (in particular electrochemistry and solid state) Knowledge of electrochemistry and electrochemical analysis methods are desirable. Full competence in the English language (written and spoken).

Our Offer:

Excellent scientific environment and technical facilities.Opportunity to be part of the national and international scientific community International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen.Possibility to participate in project meetings, as well as in national and international conferences to present the results and to develop further competencesA comprehensive further training program, including English and German language coursesFull PhD stipend (limited to 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: Helmholtz-D102/2018