City:  Oberhausen
Date:  Feb 15, 2024

Master Thesis »Development of Transport Layers for the Design of Tomorrow of Electrolysis Stacks«

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

As one of 76 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft we show how to not only master crises, but grow from them. Pushing boundaries. Always trying something new. Not just thinking, but thinking ahead. We turn research into the future.

We want an earth that is worth living on. With our applied research on Circular Economy, Carbon Management, Green Hydrogen and Local Energy Systems, we make concrete contributions to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Our employees conduct research in the fields of energy, environment, safety, health, communication and mobility.

Are you looking for an exciting master thesis and want to contribute to beneficial and meaningful research? Then you're in the right place with us! Hydrogen is the key element in the energy transition. The development of innovative cell components can reduce the cost of electrolysis stacks and make the industrial use of green hydrogen economical. In your master thesis you will develop innovative transport layers for the »Design of Tomorrow« of PEM electrolysis stacks and qualify them mechanically and fluid-dynamically.


What you will do

  • Characterization of innovative transport layers (mechanical and fluid dynamic)
  • Investigation of the influence in stack operation
  • Assembling of electrolysis cells
  • Electrochemical investigation in short and long term tests
  • Optimization of the system under industrially relevant conditions


What you bring to the table

  • Studies in the field of process engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or similar
  • Basic knowledge in the field of electrochemistry is desirable
  • Ideally first experiences in FEM simulation
  • High motivation and interest in electrolysis technologies
  • Independent and committed way of working
  • Very good knowledge of German or English


What you can expect

  • As part of a dynamic team, you actively drive sustainable solutions for a resource-efficient future
  • Opportunity to combine your knowledge from your studies with practical experience at the interface between business and science and to integrate your own ideas
  • New Work, diversity and cooperative interaction are important components of our strategic orientation
  • Flexible working hours - we know that your studies come first 
  • Flexible work locations that fit your studies - mobile work and on-site work are combined as needed
  • Intense support for the preparation of your final thesis
  • Health and mindfulness programs for good balance
  • You can find even more attractive benefits here: Fraunhofer UMSICHT as employer


This position is limited to 6 months. We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding this position:
Leonard Messing
phone: +49208 8595 1732

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT 


Requisition Number: 68049


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