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Master Thesis - Quality Control Method for Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC) via LC-MS


Would you like to contribute to the energy transition in Germany through your work? Then the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg (HI ERN) is the right place for you! HI ERN is also known as the Institute IEK-11 of Forschungszentrum Jülich and forms the core of a close partnership between Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. The cooperation of the partners relates to the areas of hydrogen as a storage and carrier medium for CO2-neutral generated energy and innovative materials and processes for photovoltaic energy systems. Support us in making renewable energies climate-neutral, sustainable and cost-effective! You can find more information about HI ERN and its forward-looking research focuses at https://www.hi-ern.de We are a young, innovative team and if you enjoy actively building up and helping to shape the future, then you have come to the right place! Although HI ERN is located in Erlangen, the master thesis, training and mentoring will take place in Jülich.

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Your Job:

Hydrogen is a key molecule for large scale energy storage and the decarbonization of hard to abate sectors. Within this cosmos liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) are a promising technique for long distance hydrogen transport or long-term hydrogen storage. In the LOHC system the organic hydrogen carrier allows for pressure free and uncomplicated hydrogen transport and works like a reusable bottle. However, after many hydrogen storage and release cycles a small amount of carrier molecules degrades. We are aiming to understand the degradation process and degradation products. Therefore, a robust and easy quality control of the LOHC is essential. You are interested in the renewable energy sector and analytical chemistry. You work clean and reliable in the lab. You have understanding of statistical data evaluation. Ideally you have experience in LC-MS. Your Tasks:

  • Practical training on the instrument
  • LC-MS Method development and optimization using a DoE approach
  • Validation of the developed method
  • Data Acquisition and processing of real-world samples

Your Profile:

  • Ongoing Master studies in chemistry, chemical engineering or a comparable course of study
  • You are interested in the renewable energy sector and analytical chemistry
  • You work clean and reliable in the lab
  • You have understanding of statistical data evaluation
  • Ideally you have experience in LC-MS

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • Outstanding working conditions in a dynamic and interdisciplinary team with a lot of freedom for your own ideas
  • An interesting and socially relevant topic for your thesis with future-oriented themes
  • Additionally, we offer close and direct mentoring during your thesis and the most recent, high end analytical equipment
  • If your performance during the master thesis is very good, a PhD position at the research center Jülich might be offered
  • Flexible working hours
  • The possibility to partially work from home

In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer: https://go.fzj.de/benefits

The position is fixed for 6 months.

Place of employment: Brainergy Park Jülich

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application by 25.6.2023

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Last Modified: 26.05.2023