Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the pressing issues of our time and undertakes a multitude of tasks in the area of research management. It helps to solve the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment as well as information and the brain. With more than 7,100 employees, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the large interdisciplinary research centres in Europe.

HITEC (Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate) is a graduate school for scientists and engineers who want to earn a PhD in the challenging fields of energy and climate research, and is a joint initiative between Forschungszentrum Jülich, the RWTH Aachen University, the University of Bochum, the University of Cologne, the University of Düsseldorf, and the University of Wuppertal. HITEC offers a three-year training programme which fosters scientific and professional qualification. HITEC is committed to scientific excellence, to an interdisciplinary and international research environment, to an accepting learning environment which embraces diversity, and aims to turn the PhD students into well needed experts for academia and industry.

The international graduate school in Energy and Climate Research HITEC announces 9 PHD FELLOWSHIPS IN THE FIELDS OF: materials science, energy conversion, photovoltaics, batteries, nuclear waste management and disposal, modeling, numerical simulations, electronics, electrical and mechanical engineering, analytics, atmospheric physics, and chemistry

We are seeking highly qualified and motivated scientists and engineers. Candidates are expected to have a master’s degree, a German “Diplom” or an equivalent degree, when they start their PhD project. The specifics of the degree and the experience required are indicated for the individual projects. The integration in national and international co-operations requires the willingness to cooperate in teams. We expect that you are able to communicate your results in oral and written form in very good English.

The best candidates will be invited to Germany for a selection week (5 to 15 March 2023) at Forschungszentrum Jülich to work out the details of the project with the research group which hosts the project. Successful candidates will receive an email notification about the admission and invitation end in December 2022. The final decision will be reached after individual presentations to the HITEC Advisory Board on 14 March 2023. The earliest starting point will be June 2023, later starts are possible. Funding will be provided for three years. HITEC Fellows will be able to finish their PhD work within these three years.

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.

For your application, please use the online recruitment system on the HITEC website Please submit your application with the relevant documentation until 20 November 2022. Only complete applications will be accepted for review.

Dr. Maurice Nuys and Marianne Feldmann
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)

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