HITEC Fellows 2022/2023: OPEN

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: 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.

In the last quarter of each year a call for applications for doctoral positions is launched. Up to nine 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.


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, energy conversion, photovoltaics, batteries, nuclear waste management and disposal, modeling, numerical simulations, electronics, electrical and mechanical engineering, analytics, atmospheric physics and chemistry.

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

General Requirements

Applicants should hold a M.Sc. (Master’s) or equivalent degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Sciences, Meteorology, Mathematics, Engineering or related sciences, including a written masters research thesis. Specific requirements are indicated 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 2023.

The integration in national and international co-operations requires the willingness to cooperate in teams. We expect that you are able to communicate your results in oral and written form in very good English.

Projects and Research Fields

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

If you don't find a project that matches exactly your educational background but you are generally interested in the field of e.g., photovoltaics, nuclear waste management and disposal, modelling and simulation of materials in energy technology, or stratosphere research you can refer to the corresponding research field. A specific PhD project will be discussed with you if you have been successful in the first selection step.
You are eligible to apply for more than 1 project/research field. However, for each project/research field 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 projects and research fields.


After closing of the call the applications will be reviewed. Only complete applications will be considered. The best candidates will be invited to a selection week (5 - 15 March 2023) at Forschungszentrum Jülich to work out the details of the project with the research group which hosts the project. Successful candidates will receive an email notification about the admission and invitation end of December 2022. The task during this one week is to jointly work on the project idea with the group members and your supervisor to turn it into an outstanding and convincing PhD project. On the last day of this week (14 March) the candidates will present their projects to the members of the HITEC Advisory Board. The nine best candidates will be nominated for a HITEC fellowship.

General information

Fellowships offered: Up to 9


  • Deadline for submitting the complete application: 20 November 2022
  • Notification about invitation: end of December 2022
  • Selection week: 5 - 15 March 2023
  • Start of PhD: June 2023 at the earliest, later starts are possible

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).
Financial support will be granted for three years. Candidates will be able to finish their dissertation in this period.

6 steps to a successful application

  • Step 1  
    Choose one project or one research field for application.
    If you want to apply for more than 1 project or research field, please note: you have to file a seperate application form for each project or research field.
  • 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 project or research field.
    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 20 November 2022.
    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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