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Postdoc Operando Characterization of Battery Processes for Discovery of New Battery Generations

Faculty Applied Sciences

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The post-doctoral position is part of the Big-MAP European project that aims at achieving a paradigm shift in the research & development process, by accelerating by a factor from 5 to 10 the development cycle of novel battery materials, inter-phases and interfaces. The project brings together leading European research groups in a unique multidisciplinary consortium. The project proposes to disrupt the existing sequential battery development cycle by establishing an autonomous Materials Acceleration Platform (MAP) to enable the accelerated discovery of breakthrough battery materials, structures and concepts. We will specifically target the control of reactions and mechanisms at interfaces within the battery cell, as they are critical to the performance, durability and safety of all batteries. Despite their importance, the fundamental understanding of interface processes remains poor and far from the point where battery interfaces can be proactively designed and dynamically controlled. The project will establish the Battery Interface Genome (BIG), which will enable European battery researchers and industry to control interface formation and dynamics, and ultimately enable inverse design of battery interfaces directly for their intended operating conditions. The BIG will be integrated into an autonomous Materials Acceleration Platform (MAP) to establish a holistic BIG-MAP infrastructure capable of accelerating the discovery and optimisation process for future ultrahigh-performance battery materials, interfaces and technologies. An essential part of this material characterization, providing the experimental input to this platform. This includes cutting edge operando research with a diversity of techniques, including neutron and X-ray scattering for instance. This specific post-doctoral position is within the characterization work package where the goal is to identify the different experimental techniques that provide the key parameters required for the BigMAP platform, as well as setting up an actual pilot study towards a specific battery chemistry. This will be done in collaboration with the European partners, specialists in a diversity of experimental techniques, and with the specialists that develop the BigMAP platform.

The Storage of Electrochemical Energy group of the Radiation Science and Technology department focusses on fundamental processes in next generation batteries using experimental probes as neutron and X-ray scattering as well as solid state NMR and computational approaches including density functional theory calculations. The direct access to these facilities and collaborative atmosphere represents a stimulating environment for research and development.

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We are looking for an highly motivated and enthousiastic researcher with a background in fundamental battery material science. A candidate should be interested in multi technical and operando battery.


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Informeren en solliciteren

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr.ir. Marnix Wagemaker, Head of section SEE, email: m.wagemaker@tudelft.nl.

To apply, please send a detailed CV along with an application letter before August 15 2020 to Nicole Banga, e-mail: n.d.banga@tudelft.nl, secretary of prof.dr.ir. Marnix Wagemaker. When applying for this position, make sure to mention the vacancy number.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

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Uren per week: 38.0 uur per week

Salaris: € 2.790,- tot € 4.402,- per maand