PhD Scholarship in Redox Flow Batteries at Technical University of Denmark

Technical University of Denmark is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position in sustainable development. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. Applications should be sent before January 17, 2020.

Do you want to help develop innovative and environmentally friendly energy technologies for the future?

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.

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.

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:

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 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.

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.

Please submit your online application no later than 17 January 2019 (local time).

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.

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

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. In a sustainable energy system, a large part of the energy will be supplied by fluctuating sources such as solar and wind power. This makes it critically important to be able to convert and store the energy as needed. At DTU Energy we work on fundamental and applied aspects of fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, batteries, magnetic refrigeration, heat storage, and other sustainable energy technologies.

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian rsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.


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