Postdoctoral Fellow 100%
The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether PSI employs 2100 people.
For the Electrochemistry Laboratory we are looking for a
Postdoctoral Fellow X-Ray absorption spectroscopy studies of iron-based oxygen-reduction catalysts in polymer electrolyte fuel cells
- Relate the electrochemical fuel cell performance of iron-based catalysts prepared in our laboratory with their physico-chemical properties (composition, catalyst layer structure, etc.)
- Design and validate a portable fuel cell setup that allows to study these materials using operando X-Ray absorption spectroscopy, as to shed light on their reaction and deactivation mechanisms
- Publish the results of this work in well-regarded journals
You are a highly-motivated individual with good communication skills and easily adaptable to a new working environment. You hold a PhD in chemistry, physics or engineering sciences, and are acquinted with electrochemistry and polymer electrolyte fuel cells.
Welcome assets include prior experience in the fields of (electro)catalysis, fuel cell testing and/or X-Ray absorption spectroscopy, as well as a familiarity with the design and validation of (electrochemical) analytic setups.
Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.
Your employment contract is initially limited to 2 years.
For further information please contact Dr Juan Herranz Salaner, phone +41 56 310 55 62.
Please submit your application online (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 5423-00).
Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Miriam Zehnder, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland