PhD Scholarship Position in Sustainable Battery Technology By Novel Material Concepts

Chalmers University of Technology is offering PhD position in condensed matter physics. This position is available for five years. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2019.

Information about the department

Stimulated by major needs and challenges in science and a sustainable society, the ambition of the department of Physics is to foster a creative environment for academic research, learning and outreach. We provide a competitive advantage by linking our top-level international and interdisciplinary academic performance in the areas of material science, nanotechnology and energy research with world-leading industrial R&D&I projects. We address a wide array of experimental, computational, methodological and theoretical challenges, from fundamental physics research, through the development of new materials to direct industrial projects generating new inventions. We have a strong learning commitment on all levels from undergraduate to PhD studies where physics meet engineering.

Information about the research project

New energy storage technologies are central for the transition to a truly sustainable society. Several very promising high-performant battery concepts are currently being explored as next generation batteries to be implemented in transport applications or as grid energy storage. However, as Internet-of-Things becomes a reality there will also be a large need for less performant, but truly sustainable batteries. Such batteries can be made novel from using water-based electrolytes in separators of natural materials, electrodes based on non-metal containing carbon matrices and organic compounds, and a novel thinking for current collectors and cell packaging materials – making use of natural and sustainable resources. Life-cycle assessment and recycling perspectives will be an integrated part of the project. International collaborations is an integrated part of the project.

This PhD project is dedicated to create conceptually novel battery chemistries by using simple yet advanced materials already existing paving way for more sustainable batteries from cradle-to-grave. The approach is mainly to experimentally assess the electrochemical performance of various kinds as function of material choices, sample preparation and final cell assembly. Much work is to independently promote as well as critically analyse both prospects and drawbacks of the new battery concepts proposed/developed.

The project is by FORMAS – the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development.

Major responsibilities

You will be a part of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Physics. The major part of your time will be devoted to your research project, where you will be expected to plan and perform experiments as well as utilize methods for data analysis. You will work in a cross-disciplinary environment, and have large freedom to form your own research within the scope of the project. You will also be required to complete a course program (60 higher education credits), and participate in teaching activities and other duties at the Department of Physics (up to 20% of your time). Supervision of BSc and MSc students can also be a part of the work.

Full-time temporary employment.The position is limited to a maximum of five years.


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a Master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or equivalent. You should have an interest in materials science and energy technology, and very good communication and collaborative skills. Experience of battery research, data analysis, electrochemical methods and materials characterization at the molecular level are all considered an advantage. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.ervision of BSc and MSc students can also be a part of the work. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190384 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)


Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

- Introduce yourself

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Two letters of reference.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 31st July, 2019

Professor Patrik Johansson, Condensed Matter Physics



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