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The Chair of Atomic-scale Characterisationat the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is looking for a 

Postdoc (m,f,x) in electrolyte design for lithium batteries for 2 years with 39,83 hours per week, TV-L E13

The Chair of "Atomic-Scale Characterization" is studying materials at the atomic level.

The chair of Atomic-scale Characterisation is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher (m,f,x) in chemistry/materials science with a strong background in designing electrolytes for lithium metal batteries. He or she is expected to design new electrolytes to be compatible with lithium metal electrolytes, fabricate electrode or coin cells, perform electrochemical measurements (battery cycling, voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy) of battery cells, and other physicochemical characterization (e.g., scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy) for lithium metal batteries.

The postdoctoral researcher will be funded by the European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant ‘INTERACT’ for two years.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: 01.09.2024
application deadline: 30.04.2024

Your tasks:

  • The Postdoctoral researcher (m,f,x) will work closely with other members in the Chair of Atomic-scale Characterization to improve a fundamental understanding of how electrode/electrolyte interfaces work in batteries, expanding his or her knowledge in materials characterization.
  • The position will be equipped with a PhD student.
  • The successful candidate will work in the new research center for interface-dominated high-performance materials (ZGH) at Ruhr University Bochum, which houses a large and comprehensive suite of equipment dedicated to nanostructure analysis; the center is among the world's best facilities of its kind.

Your profile:

  • The candidate must have:
    - a PhD degree in materials science, organic or inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry
    - extensive experience in designing new electrolytes for lithium metal anodes, performing electrochemical battery cycling tests, characterizing electrode/electrolyte interfaces or interphases by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy
    - solid knowledge of electrochemistry or relevant project experiences
    - a high level of spoken and written English
    - can work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
    - can work in a multicultural environment
  • The candidate may have:
    - experiences in investigating solid electrolyte interphases by operando spectroscopy

Our offerings:

  • challenging and varied tasks with a high level of personal responsibility
  • support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • a friendly and collegial environment
  • a modern, well-equipped workplace

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews. https://www.wpr.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).
https://www.daf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/sbgk/index.html.en

You can find information about TVL at: https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Dr. Tong Li, Phone: +49234 32 26099

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

Please send your complete and informative application documents (informative cover letter, CV with a publication list and PhD certificate) as one pdf document and - indicating the ANR 3057 in the subject line until 30.04.2024 - by e-mail to: atomicjobs-mb@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

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