Postdoc position on battery cell design and manufacturing

Postdoc position on battery cell design and manufacturing

Published Deadline Location
26 Apr 31 May Enschede

Job description

The postdoc position will be part of the large national research program NXTGEN HIGHTECH focusing on the development of the next generation of high-tech equipment. The Netherlands is an international frontrunner in ultra-precise high-tech equipment. Yet the continuity of this position is threatened by political interests and growing competition from other continents. The goal of NXTGEN HIGHTECH is to bring the Netherlands back to the top as well as contribute to solutions for major societal challenges. To achieve this, the NXTGEN HIGHTECH program is investing around €1 billion until 2030 and will, in collaboration with 330 partners, boost the Dutch economy. In the next seven years, the six key domains (agrifood, biomedical production technology, energy, composite, laser-satellite communication and semiconductors) will work hard on various smart solutions.

The postdoc position will focus on the cell design, development and advanced testing of future battery generations. As key member of our interdisciplinary team in the Battery Centre Twente, you will collaborate closely with experts from various fields to revolutionize battery technology and drive the transition towards a sustainable energy future. The position will be strongly involved in the building up of dedicated battery manufacturing (battery cell pilot line) and testing infrastructure at the University of Twente.

Key responsibilities:
  • Design and optimize novel battery architectures and material systems
  • Develop advanced battery testing protocols and equipment for performance characterization
  • Investigate and analyze electrochemical behavior, including cycle life, capacity, and impedance
  • Collaborate with materials scientists and engineers to develop next-generation battery materials
  • Contribute to the development of battery management systems for enhanced performance and safety

You will be embedded in in the Battery Centre Twente and work closely together with Prof. Sebastian Thiede (Manufacturing Systems) and Prof. Mark Huijben (Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage) but also interacting with many other colleagues.


University of Twente (UT)


We are looking for a highly motivated, positive and hardworking researcher with a PhD degree related to battery design, testing or manufacturing. This should include both fundamental knowledge on underlying technologies and modelling as well as practical skills for designing/selecting and implementing relevant equipment and software. We seek candidates with good team spirit and multidisciplinary curiosity, who like to work in an internationally oriented environment where many cultures meet. Proficiency in English is a requirement.

Specific qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or a related field but with clear focus on battery technology
  • Research and/or practical experience in battery design, testing or battery cell manufacturing
  • Extensive knowledge of battery materials, electrochemistry, and relevant characterization techniques
  • Proven track record of interdisciplinary collaboration and excellent problem-solving skills
  • International experience and an established network within the battery manufacturing community are highly desirable

Conditions of employment

The UT provides a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high industrial relevance, excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment and a green and lively campus. Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch universities. We offer
  • A postdoc position for 24 months;
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits;
  • Gross salary: ranging from € 3.877 to € 5.090 per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%);
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development;
  • Good secondary conditions, in accordance with the collective labor agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities;
  • A green campus with lots of sports facilities and an international scientific community.


You will be embedded in the Nanoelectronic Materials NEM department of the faculty of Science and Technology. The NEM department specialises in creating and characterising thin films and designing, modelling and constructing low-dimensional nanomaterials for electronic and optical applications. Furthermore, the Battery Centre Twente is established to strengthen the interaction between the researchers and to initiate new research programs on regional, national and European levels. We are member of the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) and actively involved in the BATT4EU Partnership towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain.

Energy storage and advanced manufacturing are strategic directions of the Eastern Netherlands region and actively strengthened, also across the border to the Nord-Rhein-Westfalen region in Germany. In the strategic partnership between the University of Twente and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Munster battery research is an important direction for collaboration. Strong contacts exist between the Battery Centre Twente and the MEET battery institute of WWU as well the IEK-1 Electrochemical Storage department of Forschungszentrum J?lich. Furthermore, direct collaboration exist between Fraunhofer Forschungsfertigung Batteriezelle (FFB Munster) and Fraunhofer Innovation Platform at University of Twente.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before May 31.

Please include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position, a detailed CV (resume), a publication list, contact details of at least 2 referees and a TOEFL or IELTS score to verify sufficient mastering of the English language. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact (Prof. Mark Huijben, )


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3877—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1765


University of Twente (UT)

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Make sure to apply no later than 31 May 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).