12 HITEC Ph.D. projects in the challenging fields of energy and climate research

Forschungszentrum Jülich
Job Description: 

HITEC (Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate) is the international graduate school for scientists and engineers who want to earn a Ph.D. in the challenging fields of energy and climate research. HITEC is a joint initiative between Forschungszentrum Jülich, the RWTH Aachen University, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the University of Cologne, the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, and the University of Wuppertal. As a rule the Ph.D. certificate is awarded by one of the member universities. 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 Ph.D. students into well needed experts for academia and industry. HITEC offers a 3-year training programme which accompanies the doctoral thesis: students can select from a variety of HITEC events, including lectures on topics or methods, hands-on training courses in the lab or professional skills training, such as scientific writing or presenting.

Job Description
The international graduate school HITEC announces 7 Ph.D. fellowships in the fields of materials science, atmospheric physics, chemistry for nuclear safety research, crystallography, modelling and numerical simulations. 12 HITEC Ph.D. projects are open for application:

Project #1:
Multi-scale modelling of PS-PVD manufactured gas separation membranes
Project #2:
Investigation of the early stages of precipitation and ageing mechanisms of Laves Phase strengthened ferritic steels by high resolution transmission electron microscopy
Project #3:
Immobilisation of long-lived radionuclides by means of structural incorporation in monazite-type phosphates
Project #4:
Cirrus cloud formation, evolution and geographical distribution: linking large-scale observations and 3D modeling
Project #5:
Impacts of possible future N2O increase (e.g. from biofuels) on the stratosphere
Project #6:
Stochastic Modelling for Uncertainty Quantification in Climate Simulations and Solar Energy Capture
Project #7:
Climate effects of tropopause region aerosol: Process-oriented studies using combined in-situ observations and the chemistry-climate model ECHAM-HAMMOZ
Project #8:
Oxidation studies on model alloys with Ambient Pressure (AP) XPS
Project #9:
Atmospheric profiling of clouds, temperature and humidity using a ground-based infrared spectrometer
Project #10:
Synthesis and Characterisation of single-crystalline Lanthanides-Zirconate and Hafnate pyrochlores for immobilisation of Actinides
Project #11:
Development and application of a Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics / Discrete Element Method framework to model complex fluid and particulate flows
Project #12:
Development of a Small SatEllite for ClimaTe research (DiSSECT)

For further information on the projects visit the HITEC website at http://www.fz-juelich.de/hitec and

We are seeking highly qualified and motivated scientists and engineers. Candidates are expected to have a Master, a German „Diplom“ or an equivalent degree, when they start their Ph.D. project. The specifics of the degree and the experience required are indicated for each of the projects listed in the call for applications. The integration in international co-operations requires the ability to cooperate in an international team, thus we expect good skills in the spoken and written English language.

Please note that applications for HITEC fellows are welcomed from any qualified applicants, regardless of gender, ethnicity or country of origin, but will only be considered if eligibility requirements are met and the application guidelines are strictly adhered to.

The best candidates will be invited to Germany for a week (20-27 April 2013) in order to work out the details of the project with the research group which hosts the project. You will receive an email notification about the admission and invitation in the mid of February. The final decision of candidates/projects will be reached after individual presentations of posters to the HITEC Advisory Board on the last day of the stay. The earliest starting point will be July 2013, later starts are possible. Funding will be provided for three years. HITEC Fellows will be able to finish their Ph.D. work within these 3 years.

For your application please follow the Call for Applications/Guideline for Applicants. Please submit your application with the relevant documentation electronically to b.koester@fz-juelich.de at HITEC Office. Only complete applications will be accepted for review. Deadline is 11 January 2013.

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Research institutes
Deadline for Application: 
Jan 11 2013