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Postdoc (f/m) in Organic Electrochemistry / Electrochemical Synthesis
Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energies (HI ERN)
The recently founded "Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energies" (HI ERN) is as IEK-11 a part of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The institute works in close collaboration with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). The collaboration between the partners is focussed on the research areas of innovative materials and processes for photovoltaic energy and solar fuels, as well as for hydrogen technologies, therefore covering novel approaches for conversion and storage of CO2 neutral energy.
The successful candidate will be part of the Electrocatalysis unit of the HI ERN led by Prof. Dr. Karl Mayrhofer. The research groups within the Electrocatalysis unit focus on the fundamental understanding of activity, stability and selectivity of electrochemically active materials, which play the essential role in sustainable technologies like water- and CO2-electrolyzers, as well as in fuel cells. Furthermore, understanding the same principles in nonaqueous electrochemical systems like electroorganic synthesis or batteries are decisive. We utilize internationally unique material and process characterization methods which are based on the sophisticated coupling of novel electrochemical techniques with online analytical tools. Thereby the 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.
We are looking to recruit a
Postdoc in Organic Electrochemistry/
electrochemical conversion of CO2 and biomass to valuable chemicals, especially the application of new real time analysis methods during these reactions for process optimization with regard to catalyst activity, selectivity and stability
electrochemical synthesis based on a fundamental approach coupled with in situ product analysis
contribution to the progress of method development
excellent university degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or a relevant discipline and PhD in the field of electrochemistry or electroorganic synthesis
good knowledge of organic chemistry, experience in synthesis
strong interest in pursuing research in electrochemistry especially non-aqueous systems
good mechanical skills, interest in building up new devices / work stations
excellent organizational skills
ability to show initiative and work independently
excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team
excellent skills in spoken and written English
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 Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen and abroad
an excellent environment to perform sound, high-quality research at the international level
daily, hands-on experience in worldwide-unique electrochemical characterization techniques
excellent training in electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, material preparation/characterization, analytical chemistry
participating on project meetings, as well as on national and international conferences to present the results and to develop further competences
limited position for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects