Chemist, Materials Scientist, Physicist or similar (w/m/d)


PhD Position

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, Dep. Electrochemical Energy Technology in Oldenburg we are looking for


Chemist, Materials Scientist, Physicist or similar (w/m/d)

Doctorate in the field of electrocatalysts for ammonia synthesis and utilisation


What to expect:

At the Institute of EngineeringThermodynamics, the Electrochemical Energy Technology department is developing innovative technologies for a future with renewable energies. Two of these technologies, which are being investigated at the Oldenburg site, are based on ammonia as a hydrogen derivative.


On the one hand, materials such as the catalysts for efficient electrochemical synthesis of ammonia still need to be fundamentally developed and tested in terms of activity, selectivity and stability. On the other hand, we are working intensively on the development of materials for fuel cells at the Oldenburg site. This includes the development of efficient catalysts for low-temperature direct ammonia fuel cells and their incorporation into membrane electrode assemblies. Novel materials are analysed electrochemically in three-electrode set-ups as well as using physical and chemical characterisation methods.


Within the framework of two vacant positions, doctoral students have the opportunity to actively help shape solutions to these challenges.


Become part of our team and contribute to the following tasks, among others:


  • Wet-chemical synthesis of novel electrocatalysts and optimization including the aspect of up-scaling
  • Physical, chemical and electrochemical characterization of the new catalysts including performance assessment using various analysis methods such as SEM, TEM, AFM and XPS as well as electrochemical methods
  • Performance assessment of the catalysts using electrochemical performance tests
  • Manufacturing of gas diffusion electrodes using different coating techniques like ultrasonic spraying, doctor blading or slot-die coating
  • Investigation of gas diffusion electrode performance in half-cell set-ups.


What we expect from you:

  • Master's degree in chemistry, materials science, physics, engineering or similar disciplines
  • Experience with physical and electrochemical analysis methods
  • Highly independent way of working
  • Very good written and spoken English skills
  • Willingness to travel as part of conference visits and a state graduate programme
  • Experience in the field of chemical synthesis is desirable


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: 01.10.2024

Duration of contract: 3 years

Type of employment: Part time (75 %)

Remuneration: up to German TVöD 13

Vacancy-ID: 96049


Contact: 

Dr. Corinna Harms Institut für Technische Thermodynamik 

Tel.: 0441 99906 322





DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt



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Deadline: 2024-09-01
Location: Germany, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen
Categories: Chemist, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, PhD, Physicist, Physics,

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