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February 2020


PhD Position - Investigation of Catalyst Layers Degradation in PEM Water Electrolysis


The "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 Electrochemical Energy Conversion ( group led by Dr. Serhiy Cherevko of Electrocatalysis research unit of the HI ERN. Our research interests are primarily in the field of electrochemical performance of materials used in electrochemical energy conversion, i.e. fuel cells and water electrolysis, and photoelectrochemistry. We focus on understanding the complex interplays between materials properties and electrochemical environment and their influences on materials electrochemical performance, in both fundamental and applied research. Together with other groups in the Electrocatalysis unit, we benefit from utilization of 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.

Your Job:

in- and ex-situ characterization of anode and cathode catalyst layers
development of new characterization methods, especially for in-situ analysis
development of accelerated stress protocols to test anode and cathode PEM water electrolysis electrocatalysts
execution of experiments
collaboration with partners within HI ERN and outside
analysis and communication of the obtained experimental data
writing papers and presenting the results at conferences
representation of the institute in project meetings


Your Profile:

excellent university degree in Chemistry, Physics, Material science, Chemical engineering or a relevant discipline
previous experience in fundamental and/or applied electrochemistry and one (or more) of the following is desirable: fuel cells; water electrolysis; development of coupled electrochemical/non-electrochemical techniques
strong interest in pursuing research in a multidisciplinary project related to the optimization of electrocatalysts for fuel cells and water electrolysis
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
high motivation for pursuing a PhD within 3 years


Our Offer:

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 numerous partners in Germany and abroad
an excellent international environment to perform sound, high-quality research at the international level and daily, hands-on experience in worldwide-unique electrochemical characterization techniques
active participation in project meetings, as well as in national and international conferences to present the results and to develop further competences
interaction and cooperation with world-leading industrial partners and strong support and mentoring for setting up a future career in science and/or the industry
a comprehensive further training programme
flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
a part-time job with 29,25 hours per week

limited for 3 years with possible longer-term prospects
salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)


Place of employment: Erlangen


Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably via our online recruitment system on our career site until 15.03.2020, quoting the reference number 2020-026.


Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2020-026:

Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via e-mail.

January 2020


1 year post-doc at CNRS – Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris

Modelling of mass transport at non-ordered (electro)chemically active interfaces


The project is focused on modelling of mass transport and reactivity in catalytic and electrochemical systems featuring non-ordered locations of active sites with micro- or nanoscale dimensions. Such systems are frequently encountered in practice (e.g., in fuel cells, industrial catalytic devices, micro- or nanofabricated chemically or electrochemically active surfaces etc.) revealing specific patterns of behaviours requiring their modelling and rationalization for advanced applications. The goal of the project is to extend existing approaches and approximations for non-ordered systems or develop new ones to model various experimentally relevant situations (monodisperse/polydisperse active site size distributions, diffusion or kinetic controlled mass transport etc.). The developed approaches will be further used for statistical characterisation of the active site distribution at the examined interfaces based on the experimental data.

Responsibilities of the post-doc will include 2D and 3D simulations of systems with randomly distributed active sites (mostly within continuous level of description), analysis of their behaviour and development of efficient approximations and modelling approaches for the systems under the scrutiny; solution of the inverse problem to reconstruct the system properties of interest from experimental data.



The candidate should have theoretical background and experience in modelling/simulations of mass transport and reactivity (or alternatively heat transfer, hydrodynamics…) within the framework of continuous level of description, i.e. integral or (partial) differential equations. Familiarity or knowledge of mesoscopic methods (lattice Boltzmann methods, Langevin dynamics etc.) is a plus, good knowledge of any programming language is an advantage as well. Certain level of independence, good communication skills, bona fide, good spoken and written English are assumed.


PhD (or its equivalent) is required in a relevant discipline, which may include Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering etc. Successful candidate must start on 1st of March 2020 or earlier. Salary will depend on previous experience and will be evaluated by CNRS according to its official salary chart.
Workplace location: Chemistry Department, Ecole Normale Superieure, 24 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris.
Hosting team involves Alexander Oleinick (project bearer), Irina Svir (CNRS Research Director) and Christian Amatore (Emeritus CNRS Research Director).

Documents for selection process

(i) CV, max. 2 pages; (ii) full list of publications; (iii) letter(s) of recommendation (not obligatory, but appreciated) or names and e-mails of two academic references.
If getting references or recommendations may take some time, we kindly ask any interested candidate to manifest interest to this position by an e-mail with her/his CV and full list of publications as soon as possible. The references or recommendation letters may be sent later.



Alexander Oleinick,

October 2019


PhD position at Leiden University


The project is aimed to address one of the long standing dreams of electrochemists: the real time imaging of an electrode performing catalysis. The aim of the project to image the surface of Pt(111) and Pt(100) electrodes on the atomic scale by STM during faradaic reactions, explicitly hydrogen evolution, oxygen evolution and carbon monoxide oxidation. There are many hints in literature that structural changes occur, and the insight into this during these reactions is extremely important for a better understanding of the reaction mechanisms on the atomic scale. If successful, these results would establish a new ground for modeling electrochemical reactions on the atomic scale and thus would lead also to a much better understanding of electrocatalysis. The intended research is only possible on a very special microscope hat is unique in the world. We have developed a unique high‐speed (video‐rate), high‐resolution electrochemical STM that is equipped with a real RHE, a flow cell for in‐situ electrolyte exchange, and a home‐made bipotentiostat allowing full operando conditions.

Under the supervision of two experts, Prof. M.T.M. Koper (chemistry: electrocatalysis and
electrochemical surface science) and Dr. M.J. Rost (physics: surface science, nanotechnology, and
STM/AFM technology), the PhD will learn to operate the microscope and to handle the dedicated
sample preparation and treatment, and will perform research in the field of platinum electrocatalysis. The research builds on recently published work:

Requirements: The operation of the microscope requires affinity with technical aspects that range from mechanics & material science, electronics & control theory, to fluid dynamics and experimental
electrochemistry. Although the details will be learned during the PhD, a certain general handiness is
prerequisite. The applicant should have a master degree in either physics or chemistry preferably with specialization that stands in relation to this open position. The contract will be on the basis of a full time employment for 4 years (with an assessment after 1 year).

Contact: Please send your application with a complete CV and a motivation letter to
Prof. M.T.M. Koper /
Dr. M.J. Rost /