Scientific Student Assistant - Catalyst Research

Who We Are

The Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies (HI ERN) is a renowned research institution focused on cutting-edge research in the field of energy generation and storage. Located at the Südcampus of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), we are at the forefront of research in the areas of electrocatalysis, chemical hydrogen storage, and electrocatalytic interfacial process engineering.

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Research Topic

We are currently seeking a motivated student assistant to join our research team and contribute to our exciting research topic: catalysts for LOHC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier) dehydrogenation. LOHCs will play a vital role in the future energy system as they enable efficient chemical storage and transportation of hydrogen. This project specifically involves exploring novel support materials to enhance catalyst performance and improve selectivity. As a student assistant, your primary responsibilities will include the synthesis, testing and evaluation of catalysts to advance our understanding in this area. This includes dehydrogenation experiments as well as characterization and analysis of the catalysts.

Personal Requirements

We are looking for a student who is currently enrolled in one of the following degree programs: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Process Engineering at FAU. You should be at least in your 3rd Bachelor semester or pursuing a Master's degree. Additionally, you should have knowledge and some experience working in chemical laboratories and handling chemicals safely. Proficiency in both German and English is required. You should be able to commit at least 10 hours per week to this position and have the ability to work independently and precisely in the laboratory environment.

What We Offer

By joining our research team, you will gain valuable insights into up-to-date research in the field of energy generation and storage. You will have the opportunity to work closely with leading experts in this forward-looking research topic, allowing you to establish important contacts for your future career. Moreover, this position provides a great chance for you to explore potential options for a Bachelor or Master thesis related to this research topic.

If you are interested in this position and believe you would be a great addition to our research team, please send an email to with your current CV and a short motivational text explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and how your skills and qualifications align with our requirements.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Note: Please ensure that your application includes the subject line: "Application - Scientific Student Assistant - Catalyst Research"

Last Modified: 21.08.2023