PhD Position for MD simulations at the catalyst – ionomer interface in PEMFC

PhD Position for MD simulations at the catalyst – ionomer interface in PEMFC

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the group of PD Dr.-Ing. Gabriele Raabe within the Cluster of Excellence SE²A - Sustainable and Energy Efficient Aviation at the TU Braunschweig, Germany.

The project “Design and (nano)engineering of PEMFC cathode catalyst layers to boost the efficiency and life-time under aviation conditions” is aimed at a systematic study of the relevant key parameters on the O2 permeation and diffusivity through the ionomer film to the catalytically active Pt-Co and Pt-Ni surface – by combining molecular simulations and experimental studies. In the subproject in the group of Gabriele Raabe, molecular dynamics simulations will be performed to illuminate the underlying molecular processes at the catalyst – ionomer interface that dominate the O2 transport resistance.

The successful candidate has experience in molecular dynamics simulations and ideally also in quantum mechanical simulations as well as a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with experimental groups.

The entry date is as soon as possible, and the duration is initially limited until the end of 2025. The payment is made according to task assignment and fulfillment of personal requirements to salary group EG 13 TV-L.

For informal enquiries please contact Gabriele Raabe (

The complete job advertisement with more details on the project, the requirements and the application process can be found at

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.