DESTINY PhD training: towards the next generation of battery scientists 

CIC energiGUNE offers in 2021 three DESTINY PhD grants for the next generation of battery scientist. Electrochemical energy storage is at the heart of the decarbonization of our society. Such a challenge requires an ambitious research agenda to be executed by a Highly Educated and Competitive Battery Work-force gathering Researchers, Experts, Engineers and Entrepreneurs.

DESTINY (Doctorate program on Emerging battery Storage Technologies INspiring Young Scientists) is an ambitious PhD training project aiming to educate the next generation of battery scientists and engineers for both industrial and academic careers.

Funded by the European Union through a MSCA-COFUND grant, DESTINY will train 50 PhDs in the next 5 years by focusing on three main challenges:

  1. Reinvent battery materials discovery and engineering.
  2. Develop smart batteries and functionalities
  3. Implement new technologies in industry.

In addition, DESTINY includes a broad set of trainings in transferable skills: personal effectiveness, research governance and entrepreneurship.

DESTINY is coordinated by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France by Prof. Christian Masquelier, and gathers a consortium of 20 Universities, 6 Research Centers, 2 Research Networks, 2 Regions, 3 Large Scale Facilities and 7 Companies from 11 European countries, most of them stakeholders of the European Network ALISTORE-ERI. The latter is also at the heart of the Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion + master course (MESC +), an Erasmus Mundus Intereuropean master training involving partners from Warsaw (Poland), Toulouse (France), Amiens (France), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Bilbao (Spain), Philadelphia (USA), Melbourne (Australia), Alistore network (International), RS2E network (France), NIC (Slovenia) and CIC ENERGIGUNE (Spain), for which applications are also open until the end of February this year, and that has already trained 15 cohorts of students so far.

In DESTINY there will be two calls for students: the first one will start in October 2021 (applications open until 17th January 2021), and the second will start in October 2022 (applications open until January 2022).

CIC energiGUNE is involved in three PhD topics for the first call: 

If you hold a master´s degree in the fields of chemistry, physics, engineering, or related (or are about to), and are interested in doing a PhD thesis in the field of energy storage, do not miss this opportunity and apply!

DESTINY is one of a kind PhD programme that has been specifically designed to cover the full energy storage value chain, combining traditional and innovative methodologies and including communications, management, social and entrepreneurship skills, among others.

Your DESTINY awaits you! Remember the deadline is 17th January 2021.

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