Postdoctoral position for the development of photoelectrodes for inorganic and organic photo-charging batteries

Postdoctoral position for the development of photoelectrodes for inorganic and organic photo-charging batteries

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Freiburg, Germany

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is offering a

Postdoctoral position for the development of photoelectrodes for inorganic and organic photo-charging batteries

Fulltime position, Start-date: 01.04.2019

The Cluster of Excellence livMatS develops completely novel, bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. The intention of these purely technical – yet in a behavioral sense quasi-living – materials systems is to meet the demands of humans with regard to pioneering environmental and energy technologies. The societal relevance of autonomous systems and their sustainability will thus play an important role in their development. The research program of livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from a broad range of fields including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, the humanities, and sustainability sciences.

The development of highly integrated photo-charging devices is a growing research topic. While one can couple a solar cell with a battery in a modular fashion, new research directions tackle the development of integrated materials systems where light-induced charge generation and storage take place in one material.

The project SolStore will perform basic research on such materials systems in an interdisciplinary team to address the following questions:

  • What type of materials can combine both light harvesting and charge storage?
  • What type of different charge-storing mechanisms can come into play?
  • How can the photo-electrochemical properties of such materials / materials systems be characterized best?
  • What is the best way to assemble a photo-charging battery?
  • How should a photo-charging battery device be designed and optimized?

These questions will be addressed in a multidisciplinary team of scientists working on modeling of materials properties, synthesis and characterization of new materials as well as device design, fabrication and simulation.

The postdoctoral candidate will be part of this team and focus on the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured/porous inorganic and organic thin film photo-electrodes and investigate their aptitude for light-induced charge storing by using several (photo) electrochemical techniques.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in chemistry or material science and a strong publication track-record. Expertise in thin film synthesis and characterization, photovoltaic materials and/or battery materials and (photo)electrochemistry is required. Furthermore, eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary and international team is mandatory as well as good self-organization and the ability to work independently. We expect fluency in English.

Please hand in:

  • Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific project and how your previous research qualifies you for the project (up to 1,500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (Bachelor and Master certificate/ Diploma certificate and transcript / doctoral certificate)
  • Short summary of your doctoral thesis (up to 1,000 words)
  • Work sample (chapter from recent thesis or journal article, up to 5,000 words)
  • Suggestion of two referees with contact details

Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this reason, please submit copies only.

The position is limited to 31.03.2021. After positive evaluation, an extension until 31.03.2022 is possible. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send your application, including the supporting documents specified above and citing the reference number 00000331, by 25.02.2019 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dr. Monika Schulz
Freiburger Zentrum für interaktive Werkstoffe und bioinspirierte Technologien (FIT)
Georges-Köhler-Allee 105
D-79110 Freiburg
Kennwort: livMatS

E-Mail (please only one pdf file): AND

For further information, please contact Frau Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer on the phone number +49 761 203-8717 or E-Mail

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Quote Reference: 00000331