PhD on Atomic layer deposition for Li-ion batteries

PhD on Atomic layer deposition for Li-ion batteries

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30 May 26 Jun Eindhoven

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PhD position in material science: synthesis and characterization of atomic layer deposited cathodes and interfaces for next-generation Li-ion batteries.

Job description

Are you willing to contribute to the next generation of Li-ion batteries for mobile applications, with enhanced energy density and storage capacity, improved lifetime, and safety? If so, we invite you to be part of this exciting journey and to solve the material and interface challenges in the present Li-ion battery technology.

We are looking for an experimentalist with knowledge and expertise in material science, thin film and surface characterization and gas phase deposition technologies, specifically atomic layer deposition. We have particular interest in someone who is motivated to tackle the material and interface challenges in the present Li-ion battery technologies, such as electrochemical/chemical instability of electrolyte/electrode interfaces, for example occurring when high-voltage cathodes are considered. As PhD candidate you will have the opportunity to focus on ALD high voltage cathodes such as spinel oxides and investigate how the chemical composition and crystallographic properties affect the interface with (liquid and solid) electrolytes. You will be also in charge of engineering strategies to deliver (electro-)chemical and mechanically stable electrode/electrolyte interfaces. The following research topics are highly appealing (but not exhaustive): (plasma-assisted) atomic layer deposition, thin film and surface diagnostics, Li-ion batteries, electrochemistry.

You will join the Plasma & Materials Processing (PMP, research group at the Department of Applied Physics and Science Education of the TU/e. The present research in the PMP group embraces several research lines such as the experimental investigation of the plasma medium, in situ and operando studies of interaction of reactive species with surfaces, and (plasma-based) synthesis at the atomic scale of materials of interest in many fields in science and technology, including next-generation energy devices. You will have access to state-of-the-art lab and clean room facilities ( in aforementioned areas. You will also be embedded in the Eindhoven Institute of Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES, Moreover, you will collaborate with other PhD candidates and postdoc researchers within the recently granted Dutch project BatteryNL-Next generation batteries based on understanding material interfaces, with a broad consortium consisting of academics, high-tech startups, multinationals, and societal partners.

In addition to research, you will also contribute to education within the department of Applied Physics and Science Education. Next to the supervision of BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education, e.g., in bachelor courses, is usually limited to around 5% of your contract time.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:
  • A MSc degree in a field relevant to the PhD project (material science, applied physics, chemistry).
  • A research-oriented attitude
  • Well-established experimental skills
  • Knowledge and experience in gas phase deposition methods, i.e., atomic layer deposition, and (in situ) thin film characterization
  • Basic understanding of electrochemistry and working principles in batteries
  • Good communication skills and proficiency in English

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) 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.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called '30% facility', which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your 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
  • V34.5684


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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