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Advertising division: IEK-11 - Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
Reference number: 2021D-188

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 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 for High Throughput Materials Testing in Membrane Electrode Assemblies

Your Job:

  • Design and optimization of a high throughput electrochemical characterization setup for MEAs (catalysts and protective coatings)
  • Benchmarking state of the art materials as a baseline for the developed system
  • Conducting a study of next-generation materials degradation during electrolysis
  • Close collaboration with data scientists and automation specialists to develop a reliable and fast material testing process

Your Profile:

  • Excellent master’s degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or a similar discipline
  • Strong interest in pursuing research on electrochemical systems
  • Fundamental knowledge in at least one of the following areas is desirable: electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, automation and data treatment, element analytics (Mass spectrometry, XPS, EDX)
  • Intrinsic motivation and interest in working independently and creatively
  • Outstanding cooperation and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • 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
  • 30 days of annual leave
  • 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.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application until 08.12.2021 via our
Online-Recruitment-System!

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