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The Section for Electrochemistry at DTU Energy invites applications for a PhD scholarship in electrochemical reactor engineering and materials science for redox flow batteries. This research project is part of an externally supported project which brings together researchers and staff from universities in Denmark (DTU, Aarhus University) and abroad (KIST, South Korea) and two companies (Danish Power Systems, VisBlue) in Denmark.

The research in the Section of Electrochemistry spans fundamental to applied aspects of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering with a focus on materials and processes in electrochemical energy technologies such as fuel cells, electrolysers, and redox flow batteries. We develop new materials, components, and devices for electrochemical energy technologies in close collaboration with academic and industrial partners nationally as well as internationally.

Cost and sustainability are key drivers for development of new technical solutions for large-scale energy storage, something that is rapidly becoming more important with the steep increase in installed, and strongly intermittent, wind and solar power generation capacity connected to our power grids. Redox Flow Batteries (RFBs) are due to their independently scalable power (stack size) and energy (tank size) ratings, along with their decreasing levelized cost of storage with longer discharge times, particularly attractive for storage of energy from intermittent energy sources at scales ranging from residential applications (kWh) to massive grid-scale storage (MWh - GWh) installations.

Responsibilities and tasks 
The successful candidate will conduct a research project in the area of electrochemical reactor engineering with a focus on membranes and electrodes for redox flow battery reactors. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the external project partners, the Section for Electrochemical Materials, and will be linked to other ongoing projects in the area of redox flow batteries and electrolysis.

  • You will be responsible for the daily progress of your research project.
  • As part of the PhD education, you will follow courses and assist in teaching activities
  • You will engage in collaboration with other groups in academia and industry.
  • You will disseminate your work in international peer reviewed journals and at professional conferences.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree, preferably in chemistry, physics, materials, or energy science/engineering.

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • has strong competences in electrochemistry/electrochemical engineering/electrochemical methods
  • has experience with synthesis and/or characterization of ion-exchange membranes
  • has a strong interest in energy conversion and storage technologies
  • is innovative and able to work in cross-disciplinary teams
  • has excellent communication skills in English, both written and spoken
  • can work independently and take responsibility for the progress and quality of projects

Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Researcher David Aili, larda@dtu.dk, or Professor Johan Hjelm, johh@dtu.dk.

You can read more about DTU Energy at https://www.energy.dtu.dk/english  

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 17 January 2019 (local time). Apply at www.career.dtu.dk or press "Ansøg" button.

Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it. 

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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