Postdoctoral Position in Photoelectrochemical Tandem System Design for Water Splitting and CO2 Reduction

Technical University of Munich

Full-Time Postdoctoral Position: Photoelectrochemical Tandem System Design for Water Splitting and CO2 Reduction

16.04.2024, Wissenschaftliches Personal

CO2UPLED is committed to a knowledge-based approach to interface design, aiming to strategically integrate novel thin-film photoelectrode materials based on oxynitrides, transparent catalyst layers, and electrolytes. The methodology employed includes the creation of systematic material libraries, advanced spectroscopy methods under reaction conditions, and theoretical modeling. Ultimately, the project aims to seamlessly incorporate photoelectrode-catalyst couplings into tandem systems for water splitting and CO2 reduction, utilizing sunlight as the exclusive energy source.

The group is led by Dr. Verena Streibel and hosted by the Chair for Experimental Semiconductor Physics at the Walter Schottky Institute of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). We offer a stimulating research environment in a multidisciplinary lab in one of the highest-ranked universities in Europe.

Applicant’s project

The position encompasses the system design, life-cycle analysis, and demonstrator construction of tandem photoanode-photocathode systems based on thin-film semiconductors coupled with transparent catalyst and protection layers. An important focus will be the selection of suitable materials for the individual system components and their system integration.

Applicant’s profile

The candidate should ideally hold a PhD degree in applied physics, (electro)chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science & engineering, or a related field. They should be familiar with the working principles of photoelectrochemical energy conversion devices and have a profound knowledge of CAD programs. Knowledge of PVD-based thin-film semiconductor fabrication and characterization is a plus.

Our offer

We offer a full-time position with salary according to the TV-L E13 tariff in Bavaria. TUM postdocs have the possibility to take part in the training programs offered by the TUM Talent Factory to strengthen their professional profile. In addition, the candidate will have the opportunity to participate in teaching activities in the Physics department of TUM. The position is immediately open and available for an initial period of 2 years but may be extended.

Your application

In their application, interested candidates should enclose a curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation (max. 1 page), a transcript of records, a complete list of publications, at least one reference letter, and a sample publication. Applications should be sent in a single pdf file to Dr. Verena Streibel ( Only complete applications will receive full consideration.

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