Reference No.: CE 2022/16

In the research group Electrochemical Conversion, we study methods for the sustainable, fossil-free synthesis of important chemical feedstocks based on  the electrochemistry of abundant small molecules like carbon dioxide. We develop electrode materials, novel cell concepts, and advanced electrochemical methods, and investigate mechanisms and degradation pathways using in situ spectroscopic methods.
We are recruiting a doctoral (PhD) student to study the development of electrodes and reactors for electrochemical conversion of CO2 at practical rates, yields, and efficiencies. The project will seek to understand in detail the key factors of electrode and device design which influence reactivity and stability. This entails implementing methods for in situ / operando study (spectroscopy, imaging) to gain new insights which will guide development of advanced reactors toward industrial feasibility.

Your Tasks

  • You prepare electrode materials and chemical solutions, and perform chemical, structural, and spectroscopic analysis.
  • You design electrochemical cells adapted for in situ study by techniques including X-ray  absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray imaging, and conduct these methods on gas diffusion electrode cells.
  • You contribute to multiphysics modelling of cell behaviors.
  • You help initiate cooperations/collaborations with industry partners.
  • You prepare manuscripts and publish your results in peer-reviewed journals and present at conferences.

Your Profile

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics, or related field
  • Strong background in electrochemistry and materials synthesis and characterization
  • Experience (practical and/or theoretical) in spectroscopic methods including XPS, XAS, Raman
  • Highly proficient in English (listening, speaking, scientific writing); German skills are advantageous
  • High level of intercultural competence and the ability to work in a team as well as independently

Your Benefits at HZB

  • Work in the research environment of the science metropolis Berlin
  • The opportunity to contribute together with researchers from all around the world to the development of renewable energies, energy stores and next-gen technologies for a climate-friendly future
  • Work/life balance
  • 30 days paid leave
  • Comprehensive counselling services for family and career
  • Health management and company sports programmes
  • Financial support for public transport (Jobticket)
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • A company pension scheme (VBL)
  • And a team that looks forward to meeting you!

Fixed term contract for 36 months. The salary is based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service (TVöD-Bund).

How to apply

Please upload the following documents with your application:

  • Motivation letter (in English) describing your background and research interests
  • CV describing your education, employment, publications, research experience, and contact details for two references
  • Additionally, please complete the questions in the application system according to the instructions

We look forward to receiving your application via our application management system by 07.08.2022. For reasons of data protection regulations, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications that reach us by email or by mail in the application process.

We strive to increase the proportion of female employees and are therefore particularly pleased to receive applications from women. Disabled applicants with equal aptitude are given preference.For German version, please click on the following link: German Version.


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