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Advertising division: IEK-11 - Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
Reference number: 2021-162

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung Elektrokatalytic Engineering

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 (FAU) 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 Electrochemical Energy Conversion Team led by Dr. Serhiy Cherevko as part of the Electrocatalysis research unit of HI ERN. Our 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. Further information can be found here: https://www.hi-ern.de/hi-ern/eec

We are looking to recruit a

Postdoc – Electrocatalysis

Your Job:

  • Fundamental investigation of electrocatalytic processes taking place in fuel cells
  • Knowledge driven design of advanced anode electrocatalysts for LOHC fuel cells
  • High-throughput synthesis (within existing group activities) and investigation of the synthesized libraries using physico-chemical characterization tools (laser profilometry, SEM, TEM, XPS, etc.)
  • High-throughput on-line electrochemical measurements using our unique tools based on scanning electrochemical flow cells, including in-situ ICP-MS and OLEMS
  • Analysis and communication of the obtained experimental data
  • Close collaboration with partners within HI ERN, FAU and outside, including industrial partners
  • Writing papers and presenting the results at conferences
  • Writing progress reports
  • Representing of the institute at internal and external project meetings
  • Active participation in the training, mentoring and supervision of students

This position is related to our activities within an interdisciplinary research project on liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) fuel cells; details can be found in a recent publication: https://www.doi.org/10.1039/C9EE01324E
Active and selective electrocatalysts are required to increase the overall energy efficiency of the LOHC fuel cells., which is currently the bottleneck of creating industrially relevant systems. Our part in this multidisciplinary research project is to design and develop novel electrocatalysts, which can efficiently (active, selective, and stable) catalyze the electrooxidation of secondary alcohols to ketones. To realize this goal, both fundamental electrocatalysis research and high-throughput methods will be used to design, synthesize (also in collaborative efforts) and characterize material libraries consist of a large number of samples with varying compositions.

Your Profile:

  • Graduate of an university with an excellent master degree and a subsequent doctorate in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or a relevant discipline
  • Very good knowledge of fundamental electrochemistry
  • Previous experience in fundamental and/or applied electrochemistry and one (or more) of the following is desirable: electrocatalysis; high-throughput methods; fuel cells; development of new methods, programming (Python, LabView)
  • Experience or strong interest in the development of novel experimental tools
  • Strong interest in pursuing research in a multidisciplinary project related to the optimization of electrocatalysts for alcohol fuel cells
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team and will to lead a small team of students
  • 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 support you in your work with:

  • 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 and 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 and strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and/or the industry
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave

The position is initially for a fixed term of 2 years, with possible long-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

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

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application until 23.05.2021 via our

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