PhD Position in Electrochemistry / Physical Chemistry

Forschungszentrum Jülich - FZJ - Helmholtz Association

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-11 - Helmholtz-Institut Erlangen-Nürnberg Erneuerbare Energien


Area of research:

PHD Thesis


Job description:

Your Job:

The available PhD position is related to our research in the area of platinum fuel cell electrocatalyst degradation. Your tasks include the following:

Further development of the existing electrochemical / massspectrometry setup to enable measurements on Pt single crystals Electrochemical measurements of Pt single crystals oxidation and dissolution Planning and execution of experiments Collaboration with project partners involved in in-situ electrochemical X-ray synchrotron measurements Assisting non-electrochemist partners with electrochemical measurements Analysis and communication of the obtained experimental data Writing papers and presenting the results in conferences Representing of the institute in project meetings

Your Profile:

Excellent university degree in Chemistry / Physics / Material Science or a relevant discipline Previous experience in electrochemistry and one (or more) of the following is desirable: electrochemistry at single crystal electrodes, fundamental research in fuel cells, coupled electrochemical/non-electrochemical techniques Strong interest in pursuing research in a multidisciplinary project related to platinum oxidation and dissolution in fuel cell relevant conditions and electrocatalysis in general High motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years Excellent organizational skills Ability to show initiative and work independently 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 Forschungszentrum Jülich, 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 Daily, hands-on experience in worldwide-unique electrochemical characterization techniques Active participation in project meetings, as well as on national and international conferences to present the results and to develop further competences Interaction and cooperation with world-leading industrial partners Strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and/or the industry A comprehensive further training programme Various opportunities to reconcile work and private life Limited for 3 years with possible longer-term prospects Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant's qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 13 (75%) TVöD-Bund

Place of employment: ErlangenForschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2019-078

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