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Would you like to work on an interdisciplinary doctoral project for four years bridging different research topics and disciplines while benefiting from the expertise and supervision of experienced scientists from different institutes at Forschungszentrum Jülich? Then a project within the Jülich Program for Collaborative Doctoral Projects is just right for you. Research at Forschungszentrum Jülich addresses the very latest issues that impact our society, combining basic research with application. Being one of Europe’s biggest and most multidisciplinary research centers with a strong research infrastructure, Forschungszentrum Jülich offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary projects. Support us researching and developing new ideas and solutions for a changing society. For more information on the Jülich Program for Collaborative Doctoral Projects, please visit: https://go.fzj.de/collaborative-doctoral-projects.
We are offering a four year
Doctoral Project Opportunity – Corrosion-Resistant Coatings for PEM Electrolysis
The main objective of the project is the development of affordable, long-term stable corrosion-resistant coatings especially for the anode side of the PEM electrolysis. To achieve this an in-depth characterization of the deposited coatings and the formed oxide scales will be performed. A combinatoric approach will allow a fast optimization. The project will be jointly supervised by experts from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-1: Materials Synthesis and Processing) and the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons (ER-C-2: Materials Science and Technology).
Your tasks will include:
Development of the PVD coating process using different targets especially of refractory metals to deposit layers with defined locally varying compositions
In-depth characterization of the coatings by high-resolution techniques especially using FIB and TEM
Corrosion of the deposited coatings under conditions close to these at the anode in PEM electrolysis
Development of high-throughput set-up to measure local conductivities by impedance spectroscopy, performing measurements
Detailed microstructural characterization of the grown oxide films and establishing correlation with conductivity data
Performing additional in situ corrosion tests in a liquid cell TEM holder
Identification of most suitable coatings and application on porous transport layers (PTLs) for tests in PEM electrolysis cells
Summing-up results in quarterly reports and papers and finally in the PhD thesis
More information is available at https://www.fz-juelich.de/de/iek/iek-1 and https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/er-c/er-c-2.
Excellent master’s degree or comparable in mechanical engineering, physics, or materials science
Knowledge of ceramics, coating technologies, and/or advanced materials characterization are beneficial
A high degree of independence combined with large engagement is expected
Very reliable and conscientious working style
Good English capabilities and preferably good knowledge of German
Strong motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree within four years in an ambitious but rewarding interdisciplinary project related to hydrogen economy
We offer ideal conditions for you to work on a doctoral project at the leading edge of science, including:
Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure
Continuous supervision by a team of experts
A vibrant international work environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors: https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/judocs
Extensive company health management, as well as social security and health insurance
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
Place of employment: Jülich
In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer: https://go.fzj.de/benefits.
The PhD position is fixed for a term of four years. Pay will be in line with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund).
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.
For this program it is mandatory to use and upload our CV template: https://go.fzj.de/collaborative-doctoral-projects.
We look forward to receiving your application by August 7, 2023, via our Online Recruitment System.
Questions about the Offer?
Please feel free to contact us via our contact form. Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.
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