2 PhD students on synthesis and characterization of battery electrodes

2 PhD students on synthesis and characterization of battery electrodes

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Do you want to combat climate change? Are you fascinated by electrochemistry and polymer science? Do you want to work in a multidisciplinary team? Would you like to develop large-scale batteries?

Job description

The transition to a renewable energy economy will necessitate the deployment of a massive amount of energy storage to integrate renewables and balance demand and supply. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop battery technologies that can be scaled-up to fulfill the stringent requirements of the grid, and most important, store electricity at very low cost.  FAIR-RFB (Engineered Porous Electrodes to Unlock Ultra-low Cost Fe-air Redox Flow Batteries) is an ambitious research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant) and we are currently building a team of talented and enthusiastic researchers to tackle this challenging research program. The main aim is to develop a low cost and long-duration energy storage system (e.g. a 'giant battery') for large scale energy storage. In this project, we will focus on the fundamental science of porous electrodes, which are the core of next-generation battery technologies and determine their performance, durability and cost.

In this project, we are looking for two PhD students to unravel fundamental phenomena in porous electrodes. The specific roles of each vacancy are:
  • PhD position 1 (porous electrodes): the PhD researcher will work on developing new porous electrodes by using polymer phase separation. The researcher shall develop a deep understanding of polymer dynamics and phase separation thermodynamics to be able to predict the resulting polymer structures and their relationship to the final battery performance. Our ultimate goal is to build an experimental pipeline, supported by theory, to synthesize porous electrodes with controlled three-dimension structures and composition for metal-air redox flow batteries. This multidisciplinary project will leverage principles of polymer chemistry and physics, electrochemical engineering, and transport phenomena.

  • PhD position 2 (surface science): the PhD researcher will develop functional electrode interfaces for next-generation redox flow batteries. The research shall develop fundamental understand about the relationship between electrode interface and resulting electrochemical performance (i.e. kinetic activity, selectivity, stability). The researcher will regularly employ a new state-of-the-art electrochemical scanning microscope to map out electrochemical phenomena at the nanoscale. This multidisciplinary project will build upon principles in chemistry, surface science, electrochemistry, and microscopy.

Please include your preferred position in your cover letter. It is also acceptable to be interested in both positions.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Materials Science, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or related disciplines.
  • We are looking for a talented, motivated and enthusiastic researcher. Analytical skills, initiative and creativity are highly desired.
  • You are a naturally curious person who is eager to learn more and has a strong interest in research.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are a prerequisite.
  • We prefer candidates with a good team spirit, who like to work in an internationally oriented, social environment.

An interview, a scientific presentation and a writing assignment are part of the selection procedure.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious University. The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world en part of the European technology hotspot 'Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists!
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation after one year.
  • To support you during your PhD, as an excellent addition to your scientific education and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V37.5832


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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