The recently founded "Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energies" (HI ERN) is as IEK-11 a part of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The institute works in close collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). The collaboration between the partners is focussed on the research areas of innovative materials and processes for photovoltaic energy and solar fuels, as well as for hydrogen technologies, therefore covering novel approaches for conversion and storage of CO2 neutral energy.
The successful candidate will be part of the Electrocatalysis department of the HI ERN led by Prof. Dr. Karl Mayrhofer. The research groups within the Electrocatalysis department focus on the fundamental understanding of activity, stability and selectivity of electrochemically active materials, which play the essential role in sustainable technologies like water- and CO2-electrolyzers, as well as in fuel cells. Furthermore, understanding the same principles in nonaqueous electrochemical systems like electroorganic synthesis or batteries are decisive. We utilize internationally unique material and process characterization methods which are based on the sophisticated coupling of novel electrochemical techniques with online analytical tools. Thereby the aim is to significantly contribute to the development of electrochemical energy conversion as a future key player for electromobility and the energy policy in general.
We are offering a
PhD Position in Organic Electrochemistry /
electrochemical conversion of CO2 and biomass to valuable chemicals (synthetic fuels), especially the application of new real time analysis methods during these reactions for process optimization with regard to catalyst activity, selectivity and stability
electrochemical synthesis based on a fundamental approach coupled with in situ product analysis
contribution to the progress of method development
execution of experiments and analysis of data
writing of papers and presenting the results in conferences
representation of the institute in project meetings
excellent university degree in Chemistry / Chemical Engineering / Material Science or a relevant discipline
good knowledge of organic chemistry, experience in synthesis
strong interest in pursuing research in electrochemistry especially non-aqueous systems
good mechanical skills, interest in building up new devices / work stations
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
an excellent environment to perform sound, high-quality research at the international level
daily, hands-on experience in worldwide-unique electrochemical characterization techniques
excellent training in electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, material preparation/characterization, analytical chemistry
participating on project meetings, as well as on national and international conferences to present the results and to develop further competences
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 Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen and abroad
a comprehensive further training programme
various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
a part-time job with 29,25 hours per week
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 EG 13 TVöD-Bund
Place of employment: Erlangen-Nürnberg
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.
We look forward to receiving your application, preferably via our online recruitment system on our career site until 14.02.2019, quoting the reference number 2019-017.
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