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01/06/2023 to 30/05/2026


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) isthe right place for you! The HI ERN forms the core of the close partnership betweenForschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy, andFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg at the Erlangen site. Thecollaboration relates to the areas of innovative materials and processes forphotovoltaic energy systems and hydrogen as a storage and carrier medium forCO2-neutral energy. Support us researching and developing solutions for theclimate-neutral, sustainable, and cost-effective utilization of renewable energies. Formore information on HI ERN and its main research areas, please visit

Your Job:

You will be part of the Electrocatalysis research department (, which research area is to investigatefundamental relationships between electrolyte-electrode interface structure andselectivity or efficiency of chemical outcome during the preparation of complex andvalue-added compounds directly from the readily available feedstock. Organic synthesisunder electrochemical conditions is a powerful tool for future sustainable chemicalmanufacturing, for which a robust catalytic materials are of high demand. A uniqueplatform for online real-time analysis of electrochemical processes, developed in theDepartment of Electrocatalysis, will be applied by you to discover and develop novel

Organic Electrosynthetic Protocols. 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

Communication of the obtained experimental data

Writing papers and presenting the results at conferences

Representing the institute in project meetings and collaboration with partners within HI ERN and outside

Your Profile:

• Very good master‘s degree in Chemistry, Organic chemistry, or a relevant discipline• Experience in basic electrochemical methods• Desirable knowledge of Material science• Very good 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• Strong motivation for pursuing a PhD degree within three years in an ambitious butrewarding multidisciplinary project related to the investigation of electrode-electrolyteinterfaces

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you thechance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you tocomplete 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, and numerous partners in Germany and abroad

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 at 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 program

Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life

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 3 years. Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of theCollective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of amonthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“) (? 40.000 EUR).

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. Adiverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyonecan realize their potential is important to us.

SDG info

Relevant SDGs

SDG7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

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Advanced Materials for a Sustainable Future|Materials and Objects for a Sustainable World|EELISA Community for Energy Transition and International Exchange (EELISA’s 1st Student Community)|Society Transition towards Digitalization and Energy Decarbonization




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Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy

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