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Postdoc – Optimization of the Reactor Architectures for the Electrochemical Reduction of CO₂

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At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Fundamentals of Electrochemistry (IEK-9) –, we perform research on highly relevant topics related to the energy transition. For example, we investigate new battery concepts and how we can turn the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into the fuel of the future. The aim is to develop sustainable and cost-effective electrochemical systems with improved energy and power density, longer life-time, and maximal safety. Find out more about our mission and future-oriented projects here:

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Postdoc – Optimization of the Reactor Architectures for the Electrochemical Reduction of CO2

Your Job:

To meet the challenges resulting from the structural change our research focus on climate-friendly and sustainable technologies. One approach is the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to produce value-added platform and bulk chemicals for further industrial applications. Our goal is to improve the performance of this technology by using different strategies. Your task is the realization and optimization of novel electrochemical reactors (electrochemical flow cells) with respect to the efficiency of the performed reaction and their possible application in larger value chains. A special aspect of CO2 reduction is the use of gaseous and liquid reactants at the cathode which are transformed into gaseous and/or liquid products. This results in special challenges for the reactor architecture depending on the desired products and their further utilization. Your task includes:

  • Improving and expanding experimental setups for testing electrochemical reactor architectures on the laboratory scale
  • Designing and production of new components for electrochemical reactors
  • Fabrication, characterization, and optimization of technical electrodes (GDE, MEA)
  • Further development of electrodes that were designed for gaseous products for the electrosynthesis of volatile liquid products
  • Analysis and quantification of all relevant products using chromatographic measurement systems
  • Development and optimization of new concepts and research approaches in the field of reactor design
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues from related fields and value chains, as well as with various internal and external service providers
  • Supervision of doctoral students and undergraduates
  • Publication of scientific results in journals and at conferences

Your Profile:

  • Completed master’s degree and a doctorate in process engineering, chemistry, physics, or a comparable field
  • Knowledge in the field of electrochemistry, chemical reaction engineering as well as in the field of production and characterization of materials and components
  • First experience in supervising students
  • Independent and responsible way of working
  • High degree of ability to work in a team as well as enjoyment of cooperative collaboration
  • Fluent language skills in English and preferably also in German

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 large research campus in the countryside, which offers the best opportunities for networking with colleagues as well as for sporting relaxation alongside your work
  • Comprehensive training offers, individual opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Comprehensive company health management
  • Optimal conditions for work-life balance and a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Flexible working hours and a full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • The opportunity to work flexibly (in terms of location), e.g. one to two days per week in a home office, depending on the focus of the task at hand
  • 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 two years, with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits are in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD).

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. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible via our Online Recruitment System!

Questions about the vacancy?

Get in touch with us by using our contact form. Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.


Postdoc – Optimization of the Reactor Architectures for the Electrochemical Reduction of CO₂
Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße Jülich, Deutschland
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