Doctoral Position for the development of photoelectrodes for organic photo-charging batteries

WorkplaceFreiburg i.Br., Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Doctoral Position for the development of photoelectrodes for organic photo-charging batteries

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is offering a Doctoral Position for the development of photoelectrodes for organic photo-charging batteries

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The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is offering a

Doctoral Position for the development of photoelectrodes for organic photo-charging batteries

The Cluster of Excellence livMatS develops completely novel, bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. The intention of these purely technical - yet in a behavioral sense quasi-living - materials systems is to meet the demands of humans with regard to pioneering environmental and energy technologies. The societal relevance of autonomous systems and their sustainability will thus play an important role in their development. The research program of livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from a broad range of fields including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, the humanities, and sustainability sciences.

The development of highly integrated photo-charging devices is a growing research topic. While one can couple a solar cell with a battery in a modular fashion, new research directions tackle the development of integrated materials systems where light-induced charge generation and storage take place in one material. The project SolStore will perform basic research on such materials systems in an interdisciplinary team to address the following questions:

  • What type of materials can combine both light harvesting and charge storage?
  • What type of different charge-storing mechanisms can come into play?
  • How can the photo-electrochemical properties of such materials / materials systems be characterized best?
  • What is the best way to assemble a photo-charging battery?
  • How should a photo-charging battery device be designed and optimized?

These questions will be addressed in a multidisciplinary team of scientists working on modeling of materials properties, synthesis and characterization of new materials as well as device design, fabrication and simulation.

The doctoral candidate will be part of this team and mostly focus on the synthesis and characterization of organic (thin film) photoelectrodes and investigate their aptitude for light-induced charge storing by applying several (photo)electrochemical techniques.

Applicants should have a master’s degree in chemistry with a specialization in synthetic Organic Chemistry. Experience in electrochemistry, for example in the field of solar cells or batteries, is required. Furthermore, eagerness to acquire further knowledge and to work in an interdisciplinary international team are mandatory as well as good self-organization and the ability to work independently, although under supervision. We expect fluency in English.

Please hand in:

  • Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific project and how your previous research qualifies you for the project (up to 1,500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (Bachelor and Master certificate / Diploma certificate and transcript)
  • Short summary of your Master’s thesis (up to 1,000 words)
  • Work sample (chapter from recent thesis or journal article, up to 5,000 words)
  • Suggestion of two referees with contact details

Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this reason, please submit copies only.

The position is limited to 36 months. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send in a complete and convincing application the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000364, by date 30.06.2019 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dr. Monika Schulz
Freiburger Zentrum für interaktive Werkstoffe und bioinspirierte Technologien (FIT)
Georges-Köhler-Allee 105
D-79110 Freiburg
Kennwort: livMatS

E-Mail (one single pdf file):
positions [at] livmats[.] AND besser [at] oc[.]

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Birgit Esser on the phone number +49 761 203-6072 or E-Mail birgit.esser [at] oc[.]

General and legal remarks:
Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates are selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).
Applicants with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte Menschen) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.
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