Ph.D. student with a degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or another related Science field

The INM Program Division Energy Materials explores novel materials for advanced electrochemical applications. Materials capable of reversible electrochemical reactions enable unprecedented high desalination capacity and energy efficiency for the removal of salt from saline media, such as brackish water or seawater. At the same time, these processes provide a unique ability to employ such systems also for energy storage applications and to recover, for example, lithium from seawater. In support of our research of desalination batteries, we are seeking to fill an open position for: Ph.D. student

Major duties/responsibilities

  • Property benchmarking relating to water desalination and, in general, aqueous media electrochemistry.
  • Synthesis and materials characterization (microscopy, diffraction, spectroscopy, etc.) of electrochemically active nanomaterials.
  • Operation of electrochemical equipment and in situ devices (quartz-crystal microbalance, X-ray diffraction).
  • Active participation in the research activities of the group in close collaboration with other team members.
  • Publish scientific papers resulting from this research and present results at international meetings.

We are seeking a person with a degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, or another related science field. Previous experience with electrochemical applications or the synthesis of nanomaterials is a benefit. Candidates should be self-motivated, have good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels. The ability to work as a member of an international, multi-disciplinary team is a critical asset, and proficiency in English is mandatory.

Interested candidates should submit their complete application, including a CV, publication list, and a one-page motivation letter, and (if possible) two letters of reference before July 26th, 2019. We prefer to receive your application electronically (single pdf file smaller than 5 MB) addressed to Prof. Volker Presser under The INM is an equal-opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy. We promote professional opportunities for women and strongly encourage them to apply.

Do you want to know more about the project? Just contact us! We are looking forward to your application!

The INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials is located in Saarbrücken/Germany, at the heart of the German/French/Luxembourg/Belgian Greater Region. We are an internationally leading center for materials research, a scientific partner to national and international research institutions, and a provider of research and development for companies throughout the world. The INM is an institute of the Leibniz Association and has about 250 employees.


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