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Forschungszentrum Jülich and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invite applications for the position of

Head of ‘Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering’

at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg (HI ERN) for
Renewable Energy

In accordance with the Jülich Model, the successful applicant will also be appointed Professor (grade W2) of Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering by FAU at the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The place of employment will be Erlangen.

HI ERN conducts research and development work for materials- and process-based solutions for the climate-neutral and sustainable use of renewable energy at acceptable social costs. At HI ERN, researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, and FAU work together on this common goal. The main priorities of the Institute are printable photovoltaics and hydrogen as a secondary energy carrier.

We are seeking an internationally respected researcher in the field of electrochemical engineering who is capable of further advancing, in particular, the material and process engineering principles of electrolysis and fuel cells at the highest scientific level. The candidate should have proven experience, for example in electrochemical energy conversion, characterization of interfaces in complex catalytic layers, or polymer processing. It is envisaged that the successful candidate’s research activities will be complementary to and interlinked with other groups at the Institute, as well as with work at Jülich's Institute of Energy and Climate Research and with FAU, in particular with the Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’ and Energie Campus Nürnberg.

The successful candidate is expected to make an appropriate contribution to teaching at FAU’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, for example in the form of lectures on electrochemistry and laboratory courses for Bachelor’s and Master’s students of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Energy Technology, and Sustainable Chemical Technologies. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to acquire additional third-party funding.

Prerequisites for the position are a university degree, university-level teaching experience, a doctoral degree, and additional academic qualifications. These should be in the form of a Habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) or equivalent academic publications. The necessary qualifications may also have been acquired in a non-university context or through a junior faculty position (e.g. W1 Professor or Assistant Professor).

FAU and Forschungszentrum Jülich are family-friendly employers and are also responsive to the needs of dual career couples. In their pursuit of academic excellence, FAU and Forschungszentrum Jülich are committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity.

Please submit your complete digital application documents (CV, list of publications, list of lectures and courses taught, copies of certificates and degrees, list of third-party funding) at by 26 November 2016, addressed to

Prof. Dr. Karl Mayrhofer
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (IEK-11)
Egerlandstr. 3
91058 Erlangen

Further information is available at and

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioelectrochemistry

The Laboratory of Bioelectrochemistry and Interfaces at São Paulo University (USP), campus at São Carlos, São Paulo state, Brazil, invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in bioelectrochemistry under supervision of Professor Frank Crespilho and funded by Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) contract. The successful candidate will conduct research on the molecular interaction between biomolecules and nanostructures, including:

  1. developing and testing enzymes bioelectrodes;
  2. transferring high activity/selectivity biocatalyst to a surface-confined environment;
  3. studying the interplay between charge transport, mass transport, and molecular conformation of enzymes;
  4. developing new tools for FTIR Chemical Imaging coupled with electrochemistry.

Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out a long-term research project (12-24 months), starting at 10/2016.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrochemical engineering, or a related field. Experience in enzymes immobilization and basic electrochemistry is required. Experience with UV-Vis spectroscopy, and FTIR spectroscopy, is preferred. The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and excel in a highly collaborative research environment. In addition to the timely publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals, the responsibilities of the postdoc include drafting progress reports. Interested individuals should send a (i)cover letter, (II) CV and list of publications, and have (III) two letters of recommendation sent to The deadline for application is 09/11/2016.

This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

PhD Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Nanotechnology
Subject study: Enhanced graphene/metal nanoparticles composites for highly efficient hydrogen fuel cells.

Brief Summary of project
The project seeks to develop highly efficient hydrogen fuel cells based on graphene/metal nanoparticles/enzyme composites. Currently, the only high energy output fuel cells manufactured consist of precious metals used at high solid content. This implies highly costing fuel cells. Currently, Perpetuus Carbon Technologies (PCT, the industrial partner of the proposed PhD project) is generating a catalogue for functionalised graphene materials in large quantities. PCT have identified a number of market driven needs for low cost metallised functional graphene materials for use in the automotive and medical sector. The aim of the proposed research will include (i) the ability to generate a number of metallised graphene layers with high efficiency of coverage and batch to batch reproducibility; (ii) the immobilisation and stabilisation of the biofuel enzymes cellobiose dehydrogenase and laccase; (iii) the fabrication of highly reproducible devices delivering optimal active electrode surface and thickness for optimal enhanced performances. The PhD student will be trained in: (i) surface characterisation techniques such as XPS, SEM, FTIR and particle sizing techniques for further incorporation of the particles into screen printing ink; (ii) electrochemical characterisation techniques in order to evaluate a fully working fuel cell.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.

Eligibility Criteria
Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree chemistry/physics/engineering or a related subject.
For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II

Participant Proposal Form
Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,198 p.a. dependent upon the applicants financial circumstances assessed in section C point 4 in the KESS II participant proposal form.
There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply
Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr. Paolo Bertoncello regarding information on the area of research, particularly via email (

To apply:
1. Complete the KESS II Participant Proposal Form
2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary Application Form
3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV

English Language certificate (if required)
All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS Office at the address stated on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form (original ink signatures only).

For any queries please contact
The deadline for applications by 4pm 26th August 2016

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