Your work will be focused on the development of a laser-based excitation to initiate chemical reactions through a pH or temperature jump.
Ultimately, you will combine this laser pump with X-Ray spectroscopic methods at the SwissFEL or Swiss Light Source to understand the mechanism of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) at metal oxide surfaces.
The OER is currently leading to large efficiency losses of water electrolysers. During your PhD you will interact extensively with your colleagues within the electrochemistry laboratory, the Swiss Light Source and SwissFEL and international collaborators.
You hold a Master degree in physical chemistry, chemical physics, physics or a closely related discipline, preferably with experience in working with femtosecond lasers, X-
being able to work independently in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research team. Good communication skills in English are required.
The experimental work will be at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, the PhD degree will be awarded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) under the supervision of Prof. Dr T. J. Schmidt.
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.