Chemist, Engineer or similar (f/m/x)

Phd, Scientific activity

Enter the fascinating world of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and help shape the future through research and innovation! We offer an exciting and inspiring working environment driven by the expertise and curiosity of our 11,000 employees from 100 nations and our unique infrastructure. Together, we develop sustainable technologies and thus contribute to finding solutions to global challenges. Would you like to join us in addressing this major future challenge? Then this is your place!

For our Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in Oldenburg we are looking for a

Chemist, Engineer or similar (f/m/x)

Development and characterization of electrocatalysts for the application in proton exchange membrane electrolysis

This position offers the possibility of a doctorate

What to expect:

The Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart, with further research facilities in Cologne, Ulm, Hamburg and Oldenburg, conducts research in the field of efficient and resource-saving energy storage and next-generation energy conversion technologies. The spectrum of work ranges from theoretical studies and fundamental research-oriented laboratory work to the operation of pilot plants. The Electrochemical Energy Technology department also conducts research on new materials for electrochemical storage and converters, among other things.


In the AME group, we are intensively dedicated to the development and characterization of materials for alkaline fuel cells and electrolysers. The focus here is on increasing performance, extending service life and reducing costs. The focus of your research is on: 

  • the development of new electrocatalysts for the application in proton exchange membrane electrolysis with the aim of lowering the precious metal content, optimizing the power density and increasing long-term stability
  • the structural and electrochemical characterization of the developed electrocatalysts
  • the publication of your scientific results and their presentation at national and international conferences

 In cooperation with a university we give you the opportunity for a PhD thesis.

What we expect from you:

  • You have a completed, scientific university degree in engineering or natural sciences (e.g. chemistry or material sciences) or similar.
  • You have good knowledge of electrochemistry, materials science and analytics.
  • You are already familiar with structural investigation methods such as scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and others.
  • An independent way of working, the ability to work in a team, experimental skills and a thirst for knowledge are required.
  • A very good way of expressing yourself in German and English as well as enthusiasm for renewable energies and helping to shape the energy supply of the future are completing your profile.

What we offer:

DLR stands for diversity, appreciation and equality for all people. We promote independent work and the individual development of our employees both personally and professionally. To this end, we offer numerous training and development opportunities. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to us, which is why we want to increase the proportion of women in science and management in particular. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are qualified.

Further information:

Starting date: 01.09.2024

Duration of contract: initially limited until 31 August 2025, extension planned 

Type of employment: part-time (75 %)

Remuneration: up to German TVöD 13

Vacancy-ID: 95498


Dr. Corinna Harms Institut für Technische Thermodynamik 

Tel.: 0441 99906 322

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2024-08-31
Location: Germany, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen
Categories: Chemical Engineering, Chemist, Chemistry, Engineer, Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Natural Science,


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