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 Electrocatalysis and Interface Group in the Electrochemestry Laboratory we are looking for a
PhD Student
Metal oxide-based oxygen catalysts for the electrochemical splitting of water splitting
Your tasks
  • Your work will be focused on the development of metal oxide-based catalysts for the anodic reaction of alkaline electrolyzers. The catalsts will be synthesized and charachterized in collaboration with different research groups
  • The project aims at the developments of metal oxyide catalysts for energy conversion and storage through water electrolysis. Electrochemistry will be the core of the PhD Studies. Advanced characterization methods (synchroton facilities) will be used for the materials characterization.
  • During your PhD you will interact extensively with your collegues within the electrochemistry department, the Swiss Light Source and, international collaborators.
Your profile
Completed study in Chemistry or Materials Science, with experience in electrochemistry and talent for experimental work. Experience in X-ray absorption spectroscopy is a plus. You have an active interest in experimental work and take the initiative for new solutions; being able to work independently in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research team. Good communication skills in English are required. You will be registered as a PhD student at ETHZ ( and the Thesis advisor will be Prof. Thomas Justus Schmidt.
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 Emiliana Fabbri, phone +41 56 310 27 95.

Please submit your application online by 31 July 2021 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5423-01).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Mariusz Prus, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland