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 future technologies, energy and climate, health innovation and fundamentals of nature. 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 2200 people.

For the Group Electrocatalysis and Interfaces we are looking for a
Postdoctoral Fellow
High current density CO2-to-CH4 electroreduction in a bipolar membrane co-electrolyzer
Your tasks
  • Develop novel membrane electrode assemblies (including the optimization of catalysts, ionomer and membranes) for the electroreduction of CO2 to methane in a bipolar membrane co-electrolyzer
  • Determine the electrochemial performance of this co-electrolyzer, including the online, quantitative analysis of the reaction products
  • Perform post-mortem characterization of the cell components to identify failure mechanisms and extend the device's service life
  • Share the results of these studies with project partners
  • Publish these results in well-regarded journals and present them in international conferences
Your profile
  • PhD degree in chemistry, materials science or related field
  • Solid background in electrochemistry, including MEA manufacturing and testing
  • Proven problem-solving skills
  • Creative, hands-on personality
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Well-developed communication skills, self-organization for periodic progress reporting and good command of the english language (spoken and written)
  • Knowledge in online analytics and/or electrocatalyst synthesis would be a welcome asset
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.

Your employment contract is limited to 2 years.

For further information, please contact Dr Juan Herranz Salaner, phone +41 56 310 55 62.

Please submit your application online by 7 Mai 2023 (including list of publications and addresses of referees) for the position as a Postdoctoral Fellow (index no. 5423-01).

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