We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree

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. For more information on HI ERN and its main research areas, please visit https://www.hi-ern.de

We are offering a

PhD Position – High Throughput Assembly, Characterization and Testing of Membrane Electrodes

Your Job:

  • Design and optimization of a high throughput setup for assembly and characterization of MEAs (catalysts and protective coatings)
  • Design, build and validation of the project setup in collaboration with other PhD students
  • Benchmarking state of the art materials and components as a baseline for the developed system
  • Study of next-generation materials for electrolysis
  • Close collaboration with data scientists and automation specialists to develop a reliable, fast, component testing process

Your Profile:

  • Excellent master‘s degree in process, electrical, chemical, or mechanical engineering or a related discipline
  • Strong interest in pursuing research on electrochemical systems
  • Experience in one (or more) of the following areas is desirable: electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, membranes, interfaces, automation, robotics and prototyping
  • Intrinsic motivation to show initiative, creativity, and work independently
  • Extraordinary cooperation and communication skills and the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • High motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written English

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • Excellent environment to perform high-quality research and to implement own ideas in the development process
  • Work with worldwide-unique electrochemical characterization techniques
  • 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 abroad
  • Extensive further education opportunities
  • Support options for combining career and family
  • The possibility to successfully work from home
  • 30 days of annual leave as well as an arrangement for bridging days (e.g. between Christmas and New Year’s Day)
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years. Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“).

Place of employment: Erlangen

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our

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