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PhD Scholarship in Electrochemical Energy Storage in Batteries

Applications are invited for a PhD position in electrochemistry to join KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The funds for this fellowship are available for two years. Candidates are welcome before January 02, 2019.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Electrochemical energy storage in batteries is a central research area at Applied electrochemistry. An important part of this activity is the work of lithium-ion batteries, where processes that affect battery performance and life expectancy are investigated using experimental methods and mathematical models.

1) Aging of lithium-ion batteries with nickel-rich electrodes for electromobility

Mathematical models describing aging processes should be developed. The basis for the models will be obtained experimentally, primarily with electrochemical methods. The models will then be used for the diagnosis of aging and life expectancy. The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, and is conducted in cooperation with Volvo Personvagnar AB, Volvo Lastvagnar AB, Scania CV AB, Uppsala University, Chalmers and IVL Svenska Miljinstitutet AB.

2) Lithium-ion battery characteristics for energy storage in electrical networks

The use of batteries in electrical grids and micro grids differs from the use in vehicles. In this project, the most important features for grid applications should be identified and relevant test methods designed. Based on experimental data, models describing battery characteristics should be developed and validated against actual data. The project is financed through SweGRIDS, and is conducted in collaboration with Vattenfall AB.

3) Determination of lithium-ion battery health and aging status

The aim is to develop new methods for determining the health and aging status of batteries in operation, thereby adapting the use and utilizing the batteries of the vehicles as efficiently as possible. Mathematical models for batteries should be developed and inputs to these should be obtained experimentally. Developed models should then be validated against battery data acquired from vehicles in operation. The project is funded by FFI, and is conducted in collaboration with Scania CV AB.

A suitable background for this position is a degree in chemical engineering, engineering physics or similar.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

Ability to express yourself well in English in both speaking and writing is a requirement, knowledge of Swedish is a merit. Good knowledge of electrochemistry and work experience is a merit. You should be motivated for scientific research coupled to a sustainable society.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).


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