Contact details

Dr. Dmitry Momotenko
Group Leader

+49 441 798 3644

Postal Address

Universität Oldenburg
Fakultät 5 / Institute für Chemie
D-26111 Oldenburg

For visitors

University of Oldenburg
Campus Wechloy
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Straße 9-11
Building W3, Room W3-1-117, 1st floor
D-26129 Oldenburg

PhD openings

PhD student position (salary level E-13 TV-L, for 3 years, m/f/d)

A PhD student position (salary level E-13 TV-L, for 3 years, m/f/d), to be filled from September 1st 2022, is open in the Junior Research Group led by Dr. Dmitry Momotenko at the Chemistry Department at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany within the framework of the ERC Grant Nanoscale 3D Printing of a Lithium Ion Battery: Rethinking the Fabrication Concept for a Revolution in Energy Storage.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals that will add to our team their competence in chemical synthesis and materials processing under inert environment (glovebox). Our goal is to make a breakthrough in major battery characteristics (charging time and power) by a paradigm shift in battery engineering: we plan to develop and employ advanced nanoscale 3D printing techniques to fabricate active battery materials with ultrasmall structural features, which will provide a hundred-to-thousand-fold increase in the surface area of the battery enabled by nanoscale spacing between electrodes without compromising the battery capacity. To reach this, high-aspect ratio features should be additively manufactured to form active materials of the cathode and the anode. These materials have to be synthesized on the surface of printed features or should be pre-synthesized and then printed. In both cases, materials synthesis, characterization and final device assembly should be done under inert atmosphere. We are thus looking for PhD students with previous experience in materials synthesis and characterization techniques, including electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques.

Your tasks:

  • development of printing conditions for new materials;
  • micro- and macroscale materials characterization, including electron microscopy, electrochemical techniques, diffraction methods, IR, XPS, XRD etc;
  • extensive data analysis;
  • integration of the printed structures into microfluidic circuits;
  • device testing;
  • analytical or numerical modelling, e.g. using Comsol Multiphysics.

Essential requirements:

  • MSc (or equivalent qualification, e.g. Diploma) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or related discipline;
  • good communication skills, high level of spoken and written English;
  • prior experience with glovebox environment
  • experience in chemical or electrochemical synthesis
  • experience in advanced characterization techniques (electrochemical and/or spectroscopic)


  • practical and theoretical experience in the areas listed above in the “Tasks” section;
  • creativity, problem-solving skills, ability to learn fast;
  • ability to work independently as well as in a team;

Our group offers:

  • salary according to the E 13 TV-L 67% level for 3 years;
  • excellent research infrastructure with state-of-the-art instrumentation;
  • dynamic group atmosphere;
  • collaborative environment (we work with teams in Singapore, Germany, Switzerland);

Your application, submitted as one file must include:

  • cover letter or statement of motivation
  • CV, which should contain names, positions and contact information of two references;
  • a list of publications (if any);
  • copies of certificates and diploma supplements (with marks and credit points);
  • list of completed laboratory courses and independent research projects.

The University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunity employer that strives to increase the percentage of female employees in research and encourages applications from female candidates who will be preferred when equally qualified according to § 21 Abs. 3 NHG. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

The position is open until filled, but application will be accepted at least until 01 January 2022. Application documents should be submitted (preferably via e-mail as a single pdf file) to Dr. Dmitry Momotenko, Chemistry Department, School of Mathematics and Sciences, Universität of Oldenburg, D-26111 Oldenburg. For further inquiries please contact Dr. Momotenko at .

(Changed: 2021-12-10)