PhD Position - Novel Synthesis Processes and Upscaling, Polymers and Membranes for PEM Fuel Cells and Electrolysers

Would you like to contribute to the energy transition in Germany through your work? Then the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg (for Renewable Energy) (HI ERN) is the right place for you! The HI ERN forms the core of the close partnership between Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy, and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg at the Erlangen site. The collaboration relates to the areas of innovative materials and processes for photovoltaic energy systems and hydrogen as a storage and carrier medium for CO2-neutral energy. Support us researching and developing solutions for the climate-neutral, sustainable, and cost-effective utilization of renewable energies.

The successful candidate will be part of the department "Electrocatalytic Interfacial Engineering", headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Simon Thiele. The department focuses on the production, analysis and simulation of functionally optimal structures from the nanometer scale to the micrometer scale in electrochemically active materials as well as the production of new materials for catalysis and polymer electrolyte membranes for the application in electrolysers, fuel cells and redox-flow batteries. Within this department you will work in the team "Membrane Processing and Synthesis", headed by Dr. Jochen Kerres.

We are offering a

PhD Position - Novel Synthesis Processes and Upscaling, Polymers and Membranes for PEM Fuel Cells and Electrolysers

Activities and responsibilities

  • Synthesis and analysis of cation-conductive solid polymer electrolytes
  • Preparation and characterization of acidic and alkaline membranes for fuel cells and electrolysers in the operating range between approx. 20-240°C
  • Participation in national and international project meetings
  • Coordination with internal and external partners
  • Publication and presentation of research results in relevant journals or at international conferences

Qualification profile

  • Successfully completed scientific master`s degree in chemistry with excellent grades
  • Sound knowledge in synthetic and analytical polymer chemistry
  • Knowledge in the field of (acidic and alkaline) solid electrolyte polymers and their application in electrochemical membrane processes such as redox flow batteries, fuel cells or electrolysis are an advantage
  • Great motivation to complete the doctorate within 3 years
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Willingness to show initiative and the ability to work independently
  • Strong cooperation and communication skills as well as the ability to work in a team
  • Excellent oral and written German and English skills

We offer

  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive campus (FAU Südgelände) including many opportunities for cooperation with partners from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin as well as with other national and international partners
  • Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure for carrying out high-quality research
  • Working with analytical measurement methods that are unique in the world
  • Cooperation with leading industry partners worldwide
  • Extensive range of further training courses
  • A wide range of options for reconciling work and family life
  • A part-time job with 29,25 hours per week
  • Limited for 3 years
  • 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 EG 13 (75%) TVöD-Bund

Place of employment: Erlangen

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application until 21.06.2020 via our Online-Recruitment-System!

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