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Jobs and Positions

January 2017

PhD Position – Electrochemistry/Materials Science -Starting Date: September-October 2017

Electrochemical Silicon Nanoprocessing for the Fabrication of Functional Surfaces

Silicon micro- and nanostructuration is of crucial importance for microelectronics, solar cells and for promising emerging technologies in nanoelectronics, biosensing devices and water-splitting cells. These applications make the fabrication of Si nanostructured arrays a very hot topic that has attracted tremendous attention. In this context, templated electrochemistry, which can be operated in ambient conditions, enables the simultaneous fabrication of individual nanostructures at designated spots on a large area is very attractive for manufacturing such arrays.


We are looking for a highly-motivated PhD candidate to work on a 3-year project at the ISCR (Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes), located at the University of Rennes in France. The research project is focused on the development of silicon structuration processes for the fabrication of functional surfaces. More specifically, the candidate will use electrochemical techniques such as templated photoelectrochemical etching and nano-electrodeposition in order to fabricate well-defined arrays of i) silicon nanowires and ii) silicon nanoporous microcells. He will then functionalize these surfaces with redox active molecules and study their electrical and photoelectrochemical properties. The final goal is to use these functional surfaces for biodetection and microelectronic devices.

The project duration is 3 years and the founding is provided by the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche). The salary is ∼1400 € per month. The successful candidate will have an access to the equipment present at the ISCR (scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy, potentiostats, ellipsometer, FTIR, XRD...) and to the clean room facilities located at the IETR (Institut d’Electronique et de Télécommunication de Rennes), that is located very close to the ISCR.
The candidate must have a strong background in physical chemistry and/or materials science and an interest for electrochemistry. A strong motivation for research and good communication skills are required (fluent English or French speaking is mandatory).

L. Santinacci, M. Diouf, M. Barr, B. Fabre, L. Joanny, F. Gouttefangeas, G. Loget ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 24810-24818 K. Cho, G. Loget, R. M. Corn. J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 28993-29000 G. Loget, R. M. Corn, Chem. Eur. J., 2014, 20, 10802-10810

Please send your records (CV + letters of recommendation) to:
Gabriel Loget:

Bruno Fabre:



October 2016

Forschungszentrum Jülich and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invite applications for the position of

Head of ‘Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering’at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg (HI ERN) for Renewable Energy

In accordance with the Jülich Model, the successful applicant will also be appointed Professor (grade W2) of Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering by FAU at the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The place of employment will be Erlangen.

HI ERN conducts research and development work for materials- and process-based solutions for the climate-neutral and sustainable use of renewable energy at acceptable social costs. At HI ERN, researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, and FAU work together on this common goal. The main priorities of the Institute are printable photovoltaics and hydrogen as a secondary energy carrier.

We are seeking an internationally respected researcher in the field of electrochemical engineering who is capable of further advancing, in particular, the material and process engineering principles of electrolysis and fuel cells at the highest scientific level. The candidate should have proven experience, for example in electrochemical energy conversion, characterization of interfaces in complex catalytic layers, or polymer processing. It is envisaged that the successful candidate’s research activities will be complementary to and interlinked with other groups at the Institute, as well as with work at Jülich's Institute of Energy and Climate Research and with FAU, in particular with the Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’ and Energie Campus Nürnberg.

The successful candidate is expected to make an appropriate contribution to teaching at FAU’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, for example in the form of lectures on electrochemistry and laboratory courses for Bachelor’s and Master’s students of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Energy Technology, and Sustainable Chemical Technologies. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to acquire additional third-party funding.

Prerequisites for the position are a university degree, university-level teaching experience, a doctoral degree, and additional academic qualifications. These should be in the form of a Habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) or equivalent academic publications. The necessary qualifications may also have been acquired in a non-university context or through a junior faculty position (e.g. W1 Professor or Assistant Professor).

FAU and Forschungszentrum Jülich are family-friendly employers and are also responsive to the needs of dual career couples. In their pursuit of academic excellence, FAU and Forschungszentrum Jülich are committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity.

Please submit your complete digital application documents (CV, list of publications, list of lectures and courses taught, copies of certificates and degrees, list of third-party funding) at by 26 November 2016, addressed to

Prof. Dr. Karl Mayrhofer
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (IEK-11)
Egerlandstr. 3
91058 Erlangen

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