PhD student on transport phenomena in a zinc-air flow battery for electrochemical energy storage

PhD student on transport phenomena in a zinc-air flow battery for electrochemical energy storage

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6 Apr 1 Jun Delft

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The main objective of this project, called ReZilient, is to demonstrate the first non-critical-raw-materials-based zinc-air flow battery of its kind. It aims to fill the gap between short-term electrochemical energy storage (Li-ion) and long duration chemical energy storage (e.g. hydrogen storage). ReZilient is funded by the European Commission and is executed by a consortium of Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Belgian and Dutch organisations.

The PhD student will work on the electrode morphology and the modelling of the electrode and the full battery. To this end, numerical simulations will be done (80%), thereby using techniques based on the lattice-Boltzmann method. These techniques require extension to the flow battery, where transport phenomena, electrical conductivity and electro-chemistry are uniquely coupled. Moreover, an experimental facility will be developed and used (20%), and functions as a validation case for the modelling. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student who


- has an MSc in a relevant field, such as (applied) physics, chemical engineering or mechanical engineering

- combines creativity with a sound academic attitude

- can show to be good at transport phenomena and modelling in this field

- feels strongly attracted to numerical techniques, modelling and programming

- has excellent communication skills in English, both in writing and speaking.

- is a good team-player and is able to work in the collaborative ReZilient consortium

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 maanden.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

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  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD03740


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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