PhD Student

Studies of the transformation of materials during electrocatalysis

Your tasks

  • Brainstorm ideas and novel approaches
  • Gain deep understanding of electrochemistry and microscopic characterization techniques
  • Grow and characterize epitaxial films
  • Test electrochemical and electrocatalytic behavior of materials
  • In-depth characterization of materials using state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy and modern synchrotron techniques
  • Collaborate with leading experts in microscopy and X-Ray analysis
  • Prepare manuscripts and publish in scientific journals
  • Present your results at major scientific conferences worldwide
  • Be ready to conduct experiments at both the Paul Scherrer Institute and ETH Zurich 
The experiments will be conducted at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen under the guidance of Dr Andrew Akbashev. The PhD degree will be awarded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) under the supervision of Prof. Dr Thomas Lippert.

Your profile

We are looking for a highly motivated student who is interested in gaining considerable research experience in advanced electron microscopy, electrochemistry and epitaxial oxide thin films. A successful candidate should have a Master’s degree (or being close to its completion) in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or related disciplines and a strong experimental background. We are looking for the candidates that are highly motivated, creative and excited to work on challenging but highly rewarding projects. We especially welcome candidates that have a prior experience in:
  • Inorganic chemistry and/or crystallochemistry/crystallography
  • Physical chemistry
  • Electron or scanning probe microscopy
  • Electrochemistry/electrocatalysis
  • Catalysis 
  • Condensed matter physics
Having a good understanding of data analysis and scientific programming is an advantage. As a candidate, you should be fluent in both spoken and written English and be ready to present your results at major conferences worldwide.

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 Prof. Dr. Thomas Lippert, phone +41 56 310 40 76, email or Dr Andrew Akbashev

Please submit your application for position as a PhD Student (index no. 3702-00) online by 31 January 2020 and make sure the following is included:
  • Cover letter with the short description of your research achievements and research interests
  • Detailed CV that includes your experimental or theoretical/modelling skills
  • Optional: Representative published research work (several papers or a thesis when possible) 
  • In “Additional documents” please include a single merged PDF document titled as ApplicationDate_LastName_FirstName (example: 20191201_Smith_John) of your cover letter, detailed CV and 1-3 representative published papers.
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