HITEC Fellows 2023/2024: CALL CLOSED

HITEC, the international graduate school in Energy and Climate Research is currently recruiting postgraduate students for the challenging fields of energy and climate research. Its faculty members, scientists and engineers, are leading experts in their fields. HITEC is a joint initiative between Forschungszentrum Jülich, the RWTH Aachen University, the Ruhr-University Bochum, the University of Cologne, the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, and the University of Wuppertal. 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.
HITEC offers a 3-year training programme which accompanies the doctoral thesis: doctoral researchers 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.

In the last quarter of each year a call for applications for doctoral positions is launched. Up to six so called HITEC Fellows will be selected. They work at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research or at the Central Institute for Engineering, Electronics and Analytics, Forschungszentrum Jülich. They participate in the HITEC Programme and become part of a wider community.

Seeking

We are seeking highly qualified and motivated scientists and engineers for doctoral studies in energy and climate research, specifically in in the fields of: materials science, hydrogen economy, photovoltaics, batteries, e-fuels, nuclear waste management, modeling, numerical simulations, imaging, electronics, quantum computing, electrical and mechanical engineering, analytics, atmospheric physics and chemistry.

We particularly welcome applications from people from a diverse range of backgrounds (e.g. regardless of age, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation/identity, as well as social, ethnic, and religious background). We strive to offer a diverse and inclusive working environment in which people enjoy equal opportunities and are able to fulfill their potential.

General Requirements

Candidates are expected to hold a Master's degree, a German “Diplom” or an equivalent degree at the start of their PhD project. The specifics of the degree and the required experience are specified for each project.

It is not mandatory that you have completed your degree by the time you submit your application. However, the expected date of your final exam should not be later than June/July 2024.

Involvement in national and international collaborations requires a willingness to cooperate in teams. We expect you to be able to communicate your results orally and in writing in very good English.

Research Projects

The project ideas and working packages are outlined in the project descriptions. For each project the specific requirements are indicated.


You are eligible to apply for more than 1 project. However, for each project you have to file a complete application.

Follow application procedure as indicated and complete your application online. Use the specific links on the pages of the research projects

Selection

The best candidates will be invited to an online selection week to work out the details of their project with the host research group. The online selection week will take place from 19 to 27 February 2024. Successful candidates will receive an email notification of acceptance and invitation in early February 2024. The final decision will be made after individual presentations to the HITEC Advisory Board at the end of the selection week. The six best candidates will be nominated for a HITEC fellowship.

The earliest possible start date is March 2024, but later starts are possible. Funding will be provided for three years. HITEC Fellows will be able to complete their PhD work within these 3 years.

 

 

 

 

General information

Fellowships offered: Up to 6

Dates:

  • Deadline for submitting the complete application: 31 December 2023
  • Notification about invitation: early February 2024
  • Selection week: 19 - 27 February 2024
  • Start of PhD: March 2024 at the earliest, later starts are possible

Employment:
HITEC fellows will be employed by Forschungszentrum Jülich as a PhD student in the form of a written contract of employment. Salary and social benefits will be conform with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). The fellowship provides additional travel funding, enhancing the opportunity for academic and research-related travel. It is important to note that this support is intended to supplement, rather than restrict, the possibility of other travel activities.
Financial support will be granted for three years. Candidates will be able to finish their dissertation in this period.

We particularly welcome applications from people from a diverse range of backgrounds (e.g. regardless of age, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation/identity, as well as social, ethnic, and religious background). We strive to offer a diverse and inclusive working environment in which people enjoy equal opportunities and are able to fulfill their potential.

 

 

6 steps to a successful application

  • Step 1  
    Choose one research project for application.
    If you want to apply for more than 1 project, please note: you have to file a seperate application form for each project.
  • Step 2
    Make sure that you get all the information about your project: check the websites of the institutes for more information about their research.
  • Step 3        
    Register in the online recruitment system. You get access to the recruitment system via the individual research project
    You will receive an automatically generated email with your password for login and some information about the technicalities.
    If you apply for several projects use your password to login, you will find your personal data saved.
  • Step 4
    Probably, two letters of reference are required from faculty members or others well aquinted with your work. Within the online recruitment system you are therefore asked to provide contact data of two possible referees.
  • Step 5
    Add your attachments. Some are marked as mandatory. Details here.
  • Step 6
    Complete your application until 31 December 2023.
    You can work on your application until you send it. However, please note: the data will be only transferred to us after you click 'approve application'.

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