Postdoc in Advanced Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for Fuel Cell Diagnostics
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Title Postdoc in Advanced Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for Fuel Cell Diagnostics
Employer Forschungszentrum Jülich
Job location Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, 52428 Jülich
Published August 13, 2019
Application deadline Unspecified
Job types Postdoc
Fields Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology, Electrochemistry, Spectroscopy


As a member of the Helmholtz Association, Forschungszentrum Jülich makes an effective contribution to solving major challenges facing society in the fields of information, energy, and bioeconomy. It focuses on varied tasks in the area of research management and utilizes large, often unique, scientific infrastructure. Come and work with around 6,100 colleagues across a range of topics and disciplines at one of Europe's largest research centres.

The IEK-13 is newly founded subinstitute in the Institute for Energy and Climate Research of the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH. With its focus on theory, modelling and simulation of materials for emerging energy technology it expands upon the established group of Prof. Michael Eikerling. We are aiming at establishing a leading subinstitute for the seamless integration of multidisciplinary and scale-bridging methods and competencies in physical theory and materials simulation, from molecular scale to system level. We create fundamental knowledge and draw conclusions for materials design and fabrication, unraveling their structure vs. property relations, and devising strategies for improving their performance and durability in electrochemical energy devices like fuel cells, batteries or electrolyzers.

We are looking to recruit a

Postdoc in Advanced Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for Fuel Cell Diagnostics
Your Job:

You will be part of the area "Physical Modeling and Diagnostics" and work in close collaboration with Dr. Thomas Kadyk. Research in this area is geared towards component (i.e., porous electrodes and such) and device level, with efforts in centered on performance and lifetime modeling and development of diagnostic methods and tools, maintaining a close dialogue with partners in industry.
Your tasks in detail:

stay on top of the literature in physical modeling of electrochemical impedance phenomena
develop dynamic and hierarchical physical-mathematical models for impedance spectroscopy characterization of materials and components in electrochemical energy devices
develop analytical as well as numerical solutions for impedance models
perform parametric studies on the impact of structure (e.g., particle and pore size distributions) and operating conditions on impedance response functions and systematically evaluate impedance models by comparison to experimental data in the literature (or provided by partners)
develop and implement diagnostic methods and tools for parameter extraction and lifetime-performance assessment based on impedance modeling
consideration of uncertainties, sensitivity and reliability analysis of determined parameters
Your Profile:

university degree and subsequent PhD in physics, chemistry, or engineering on a topic in the field of, or related to, theory and modeling of electrochemical materials and systems
strong background in chemical physics (i.e., statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics etc.)
Well-developed skills in mathematical modeling
strong intrinsic motivation and keen research interest
ability to work self-organized and independently
excellent cooperation and communication skills and ability to work as part of a team
excellent skills in spoken and written English
Our Offer:

excellent perspectives for career development in an expanding technology sector
the head of the subinstitute, Michael Eikerling has a high reputation in the field and a strong national and international network
scientists in IEK-13 dispose of deep and diverse expertise in theoretical electrochemistry and materials modeling , using a broad spectrum of methods from quantum mechanical simulations to engineering-type modeling
open-minded and stimulating discussion culture
non-hierarchical leadership structure with opportunities for developing professional skills
close networking with industry partners, who are global leaders in the field
possibility to work abroad, e.g. in Vancouver/Canada
Participation in national and international conferences, symposia and workshops
flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)
Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably via our online recruitment system on our career site, quoting the reference number 2019-269.

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