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 Membranes and Electrochemical Cells of the Electrochemistry Laboratory we are looking for a

PhD Student in the field of membranes for next-generation water electrolysis

Your tasks

  • Synthesize and characterize catalyst nanoparticles for radical scavenging and gas recombination
  • Develop new proton exchange membranes comprising nanoparticles
  • Characterize new materials and components in the water electrolysis cell
  • Study composition-structure-property relationships of developed materials
  • Elaborate prospects and limitations for next-generation water electrolyzers
  • Publish in international leading scientific journals, disseminate results at international conferences and symposia
  • Support teaching at ETH Zürich

Your profile

  • University degree in chemistry or materials sciences
  • Strong background in synthetic work
  • Proven problem-solving skills
  • Creative, hands-on personality
  • Well-developed communication skills and good command of the english language (spoken and written)
  • Knowledge in electrochemistry helpful
  • Programming skills would be an additional benefit

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 PD Dr Lorenz Gubler, phone +41 56 310 26 73.

Please submit your application online by 15 August 2024 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5421-01).

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