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CIC energiGUNE is an energy storage research centre with headquarters in the Basque Country, which aims to achieve and maintain levels of excellence in all of its research areas of focus and become an international benchmark in its field. The centre has the backing of public institutions and administrations, and of companies directly related to the energy sector.

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The "Electrochemical Energy Storage" area, at CIC energiGUNE, is seeking for a Postdoctoral researcher to apply for an Individual Fellowship (IF) within Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) of the European Union in "Polymer electrolytes for solid state batteries". The candidate will join a multidisciplinary and collaborative team of young researchers.

The position is expected to start during the first half of 2020 and will have a duration of 2 years. The candidate will be hired only if the MSCA Individual Fellowship is granted. Successful candidates will be hosted at CIC energiGUNE during the fellowship.

Description of the Project

Solid-state batteries using lithium metal (SSLB) are of high interest due to their potential benefits in gravimetric and volumetric energy density and safety when compared to traditional liquid electrolyte-based systems. The ever-growing need for design flexible energy storage devices for use in mobile electronics has kindled the growth of solid-state battery market. The major issue of the use of lithium metal anode is the formation of dendrites, that contribute to loss of active material, cell shorting and safety incidents. Hence, current lithium battery technology employs alternative anodes which lower the entire energy density of the battery such as graphite (~10 times lower capacity compared to metallic lithium). Lithium ion battery employing liquid electrolytes have different fraction of Li+ cations and corresponding anions carrying the total current through the battery. In most cases liquid electrolytes have low tLi+ <0.5. This means that less than 50 % of the charge is transferred by Li+ cations and the majority is transferred by anions leading to concentration polarisation resulting in the formation of dendrites. For instance, such similar values (0.2-0.5) are obtained by PEO based solid polymer electrolytes.

Therefore, in order to overcome the above addressed issues, this project will focus on the synthesis of new polymers, fillers and salts with anchored anions as polymer electrolytes for solid state batteries. The feasibility of such polymer electrolytes will be tested against Li metal anodes, paving way for developing all solid-state lithium metal battery prototypes.

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Qualification Requirements

  • PhD in organic and/or inorganic Chemistry, Materials Science or related fields
  • Research experience in polymer chemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials science, organic chemistry, surface modification
  • Synthesis skills in Polymers, organic compounds, functional groups. Polymer processing

Candidate mandatory requirements to apply to MSCA-IF:

The deadline to apply to the MSCA IF 2019 call is 11th September 2019. At that date, the applicant should fulfill the following requirements: 

  • Shall be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • Must not have resided or carried out their main activities in the country of Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the abovementioned deadline.

 Information on how to apply for application to Marie Curie Individual Fellowship can be found at European Commission Participant Portal

How to apply

All applicants are invited to submit detailed curriculum vitae, a summary of research interest and a cover letter to before 14th June 2019. Candidates must also provide the names and email address of at least 2 referees.

Closing date: 14th June 2019

CIC energiGUNE is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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