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PhD Position – Organic Electrochemistry: Catalyzed Synthesis of Value-Added Compounds

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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 in 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

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PhD Position – Organic Electrochemistry: Catalyzed Synthesis of Value-Added Compounds

Your Job:

You will be part of the Electrocatalysis research department (, whose research area is an investigation of fundamental aspects of the electrolyte-electrode interface during applied processes of reversible interconversion of electrical and chemical energy. The department’s scientific interests are aimed at the development of an efficient methodology for the electrochemical transformation of readily available feedstock to value-added products. Organic electrosynthesis, as a nowadays proven powerful tool for the preparation of substances of desired composition, has been recently added to the profile of scientific interests of the department. Commonly used offline analytical methods are found to be insufficient in the testing of variety of catalytic materials. Therefore, in the Department of Electrocatalysis, a unique platform for online (real-time) analysis of electrochemical processes is developed, providing a powerful analytical support for the conducted research. Your tasks in detail:

  • Design, synthesis, and characterization of catalytic materials
  • Utilization of the obtained materials as electrocatalysts
  • Validation of online and offline analytical methods
  • Analysis of the activity, selectivity, and stability of electrocatalysts
  • Writing papers and presenting the results at conferences
  • Representation of the institute in project meetings
  • Collaboration with partners within HI ERN and outside

Your Profile:

  • Excellent master’s degree in chemistry, material science, chemical engineering, or a comparable discipline
  • Experience in material science, organic chemistry, and desirable knowledge of basic electrochemical methods
  • Exceptional organizational skills, as well as the ability to show initiative and work independently
  • Outstanding cooperation and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong motivation for pursuing a PhD within three years in a multidisciplinary project related to the investigation of electrode-electrolyte interfaces
  • 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:

  • 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 from abroad
  • Interaction and cooperation with world-leading industrial partners
  • Excellent environment to perform sound, high-quality research
  • Comprehensive training courses and individual opportunities for personal and professional further development
  • Extensive company health management
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Flexible work (location) arrangements, e.g. remote work
  • Part-time position with 29.25 hours per week
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is for a fixed term of three years. Pay will be 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

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application until October 16, 2022, via our Online Recruitment System!

Questions about the vacancy?

Please feel free to contact us via our contact form. Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.


PhD Position – Organic Electrochemistry: Catalyzed Synthesis of Value-Added Compounds
Immerwahrstraße 2 Erlangen, Deutschland
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