PhD Student

Determination of liquid saturation in nano-porous materials of electrochemical conversion devices

Your tasks

  • Establish small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) as a method to quantify the distribution of liquid water in catalyst layers of polymer electrolyte fuel cells
  • Develop an operando cell for SAXS measurements and perform campaigns at the synchrotron facility
  • Develop and apply numerical models in order to interpret the SAXS data of material samples provided by project partners
  • Use results to define guidelines for the design of improved catalyst layers for high power polymer electrolyte fuel cells
  • Publish results in well regarded journals

Your profile

You hold a Master degree in physics, chemistry, material or engineering sciences and are acquainted with the interaction of X-ray radiation with matter and X-ray scattering. Furthermore, you are interested in experimental as well as modeling work and you like to adapt your skills to a new interdisciplinary working environment. In addition, a broad interest in porous media, energy and electrochemistry is of advantage as well as a very good command of the English language.

The PhD work and experiments will be hosted at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Villigen, the PhD degree will be awarded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ).

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 Jens Eller, phone +41 56 310 23 96.

Please submit your application online (including addresses of referees) by 31 May 2019 for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5422-01).

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