DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship Nr. 595


Doctoral Fellowship

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!

Our Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in Stuttgart offers a

DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship

Nr. 595: Advanced Electron Microscopy for electrochemical energy conversion devices

What to expect:

The department of Electrochemical Energy Technology focuses on the research and development of fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries. The advanced characterization, and in particular advanced electron microscopy of functional materials in electrochemical energy conversion devices is at the forefront to unravel the performance of functional materials, especially when it comes to interfaces and complex microstructures for instance 3D structures such as porous electrodes. 

This of special relevance for the high temperature technologies such as Solid Oxide or Proton Conducting Ceramic cells that are the focus of the group high temperature cells and stacks (HTZS).

Affiliated to the group HTZS, your work consists in:

  • The development of the FIB-SEM method for the 3D analysis of porous electrode structures in High Temperature Solid Oxide Cells and Proton Conducting Ceramic Cells.
  • The analytic support and contribution with 3D analysis to the project PERFECT.
  • The post-mortem analysis of selected samples to highlight microstructural changes and to elucidate aging processes in Solid Oxide and Proton Conducting Ceramic Cells and Stacks, including sample preparation.
  •  Contribute to the supervision of students and Ph.D. students.
  • Reporting and writing of scientific publication.
  • Active participation in scientific conferences and workshops.
  • Participation to ZEISS Training for the advanced analytic techniques with the FIB-SEM.

Beyond these specific activities, following transversal activities at the scale of the department are foreseen:

  • Supervise the sample preparation laboratory (Metallography).
  • The development of the scientific investigation methods, and the analytical tools for the FIB-SEM for all technologies the field of electrochemical energy conversion.
  • Pro-active engagement in the acquisition of projects with a main focus on the use of advanced electron microscopy methods for electrochemical energy conversion devices (all technologies: i.e. fuel cells, electrolysers, batteries) and their development in coordination with the group leaders and the responsible person for the FIB-SEM.
  • The share of activities is expected to be max. 50% of experimental work and 50% for the other activities.

We are looking to expand our expertise in advanced electron microscopy techniques, in order to obtain a quantitative understanding of such degradation processes and to help guiding future technology development efforts on the different technologies covered by the department including fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries. The objective is to foster scientific excellence with the FIB-SEM device at the scale of the department and to reach a sustained activity with successful project acquisition and participation in a time period of 2 years. In the future, it shall be explored opportunities to upgrade the FIB SEM with additional detectors to perform for instance SIMS or STEM investigations.

If you are passionate about advancing electrochemical systems and meet the qualifications, we would be delighted to receive your application.

Please apply here: DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme - DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Further information and current vacancies: DLR Current offers - DAAD

What we expect from you:

  • Doctoral degree from an accredited university, with major in materials science, engineering, or physics. The applicant must demonstrate an expertise in the use of scanning electron microscope and related investigation techniques for research, and sample preparation methods.
  • Excellent track records in scientific publications.
  • Experience with transmission electron microscope (STEM/TEM) and related methods is advantageous. Knowledge and or practical experience of spectroscopic methods such as SIMS, WDS is also advantageous.
  • Practical experience applied to the different classes of materials (ceramics, metals, polymers, glasses, organic materials) is advantageous. Competences in algorithms and image analysis are highly welcome.
  • Team work capability and pedagogic skills are highly welcome.
  • English competence: See requirements on www.daad.de/dlr

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: As soon as possible 

Type of employment: Full-time

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Location: Germany, Stuttgart, Baden Württemberg
Categories: Electrochemistry, electron microscopy, Energy technology, Materials Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Microscopy, Physics,


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