Description

DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION

This position is partly funded by ALISTORE ERI (alistore.eu), a European consortium of research groups and industrial partners in the field of electrochemical energy storage. The candidate will be part of two labs (1) the Storage of Electrochemical Energy group at Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands) led by Prof. M. Wagemaker and (2) the Advanced Electrode Materials group at CIC energiGUNE (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain) led by Dr. M. Casas-Cabanas. The selected candidate will be based in Delft with frequent travels to Vitoria-Gasteiz and other ALISTORE partners and will be supervised on a daily basis by Dr. T. Famprikis (TU Delft) and Dr. M. Reynaud (CIC energiGUNE).

We will be investigating a new class of materials featuring atomic-scale disorder between mobile light metal ions (A e.g. Li+, Na+) and transition metals (M; e.g. Co, Fe). Current state-of-the-art lithium-ion technology heavily relies on cobalt and nickel. These are both rather rare, costly-to-produce (and in the case of cobalt, ethically unacceptable) metals which go directly against the principles of sustainability, environmental protection and the green energy transition.

For the period spent at CIC energiGUNE, the candidate will have access to a world-class research facility and cutting-edge equipment. The student will work in the Advanced Electrode Materials group in the Electrochemical Energy Storage area, which currently hosts 8+ PhD students. This group gathers international, young, talented and dynamic researchers, who have expertise in synthesis of inorganic materials, electrochemical characterizations and advanced structural and surface characterizations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The selected candidate will be tasked with the rational synthesis of novel compositions of disordered electrode materials by such means as e.g. solid-state synthesis or mechanochemistry. The average and local structure and atomic-scale disorder will be characterized by advanced diffraction techniques, and the electrical and electrochemical properties via integration in electrochemical cells. The behavior of the materials in working battery cells will be probed directly, leveraging the expertise of the host groups for operando experiments, coupling electrochemical cycling with e.g. diffraction, x-ray spectroscopy and/or NMR spectroscopy. In this manner, the best materials will be selected for long-term cycling and applications in next-generation battery concepts, in particular solid-state batteries in conjunction with solid electrolytes.

TO APPLY

The candidates are invited to send their CV (including academic record) and a motivation letter through this webpage.

The recruitment process will end once the candidate is selected.

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

Questions about the recruitment process can be addressed by email to: people@cicenergigune.com

Requirements

  • The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) offers a 4-year employment starting on the Fall of 2022, which covers the entire period of the PhD, both at TU Delft and at CIC energiGUNE.
  • We´re looking for a candidate who enjoys working in the lab, travelling, and collaborating, who is eager to learn, open-minded, creative, confident, motivated, and well organized.
  • The candidate should have a degree in physics, chemistry, materials, or a related discipline.

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