The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute 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 Systems and Diagnostics group in the Electrochemistry Laboratory, developing fuel cell and electrolysis technology we are looking for a

PhD Student
Mass Transport in Polymer Electrolyte Electrolysis
Your tasks
  • Investigate the mass transport losses in polymer electrolyte electrolysis using electrochemical and X-Ray imaging methods
  • Develop X-Ray imaging for operando electrolysis characterization
  • Advance the scientific understanding of two phase transport in polymer electrolyte electrolysis
  • Develop material concepts for mass transport loss reduction
  • Publish results in scientific literature
Your profile
We are looking for a highly motivated student with interest in experimental work. You must have a Master degree or diploma in chemical or mechanical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or in a related field. Experience in electrochemistry is an asset. A good command of English and German is required. The experimental work will be at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, the PhD degree will be awarded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).
We offer

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.

For further information please contact Dr. Felix B├╝chi, phone +41 56 310 24 11 or Prof. Dr. Thomas J. Schmidt, phone +41 56 310 57 65. Please submit your application online by 31. December 2019 including addresses of referees for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5422-02).

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