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 Eletrochemistry Laboratory we are looking for a
PhD Student
CO2-reduction electrocatalysis in a bipolat co-electrolyzer configuration
Your tasks
  • Preparation of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) based on commercial bipolar membranes and commercial or in-house CO2-reduction and O2-evolution electrocatalysts
  • Electrochemical testing of these MEAs in a custom made co-electrolysis test bench, including online product analysis and electrochemical diagnostic methods to assess and optimize coeletrolyzer performance
  • Post-mortem characterization of the MEAs with various microscopy and spectroscopic techniques to determine the effects of prolongued operation on its individual components
  • Publish the results of these works in well regarded journals
Your profile
You hold a university degree (MSc or equivalent) in chemical engineering, chemistry, material science or a related field. You have hands-on experience in electrochemistry, enjoy practical work using advanced instrumentation and like to conduct research in a team. You possess very good communication skills in English. Welcome assesst include hands-on experience in MEA preparation and/or testing (i.e., in fuel cells or (co-)electrolyzers) and/or in CO2-electroreduction.
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 Juan Herranz Salaner, phone +41 56 310 55 62.

Please submit your application online by 31 July 2021 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5423-03).

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