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 Electrocatalysis and Interface Group in the Electrochemestry Laboratory we are looking for a
PhD Student
Synthesis and development of non-noble metal oxide electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline or quasi neutral environement
Your tasks
  • Your work will be focused on the development of non-noble metal oxide catalysts for the anodic reaction of alkaline electrolyzers. The catalysts will be also tested in quasi-neutral environment for application as oxygen electrode in co-electrolyzers
  • The catalysts will be characterized electrochemically and by XRD, TEM and different spectroscopy techniques, both with laboratory equipment and the the Swiss Light Source SLS (synchroton facilities at PSI)
  • The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, SNSF-PRIMA grant "Materials developments for energy storage through water electrolysis: advanced characterization methods and new design principles for oxide electrocatalysts"
  • During your PhD you will interact extensively with your colleagues within the electrochemistry laboratory, the SLS and international collaborators
Your profile
You have a completed study (master degree) in physical chemistry, chemical physics, chemistry, materials science or a closely related discipline, preferably with experience in electrochemistry and spectroscopy tecniques. 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 and writing skills in English are required. You will be registered as a PhD student at ETH ( under the supervision of Prof. Dr T. J. 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 March 2022 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5423-00).

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