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PhD Position in Solid State Electrolyte Materials @ TU Delft (Netherlands)

Challenge: Develop low-temperature oxide and proton conducting ceramics.

Change: Materials desing with advanced in situ characterisation tools.

Impact: New materials to enable hydrogen-based economy.

Job description

Ion conducting ceramics will play an instrumental role for the energy transition. They are core materials in solid oxide cells, which are key devices for efficient electrochemical conversion in a hydrogen-based economy (e.g. power-to-gas). New materials are required to attain lower operation temperatures without compromising reaction efficiency, with particular focus on perovskite oxides as solid-state electrolytes.

In this project, you are going to design new materials for oxide ion and proton conduction in low-temperature solid oxide cells. You will employ advanced in situ characterization techniques, as 17O NMR spectroscopy and neutron diffraction, to unravel the structural traits that determine the functional properties of novel solid-state electrolytes. In this way, you will achieve in-depth understanding about structure-property relations governing ionic conductivity of electroceramics and, ultimately, contribute to the design of functional materials for a successful energy transition.

  • A Master’s degree in Material Science or Chemistry with focus on inorganic materials.
  • Experience with synthesis and characterisation of (oxide) materials supported by a master thesis in a related topic.
  • Interest in advanced characterisation methods backed by a curiosity-driven approach.
  • A proactive attitude and demonstrated good organisation/planning skills for experimental work are highly appreciated.
  • Previous contact to solid-state NMR spectroscopy, while not mandatory, is a valuable plus.

• Very good written and spoken communication skills in English are required.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts 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.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Applied Sciences

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Additional information

The Storage of Electrochemical Energy group of the Radiation Science and Technology department focusses on fundamental processes in electroceramics and 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.

See https://www.tudelft.nl/en/faculty-of-applied-sciences/about-faculty/departments/radiation-science-technology/research/research-groups/storage-of-electrochemical-energy/

If you would like more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Pedro B. Groszewicz, assistant professor in electroceramic materials, email: p.groszewicz@tudelft.nl

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Laïs Westervoorde, HR advisor, email: L.Westervoorde@tudelft.nl

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before August 1st, 2021 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Applying for an exemption for specific research and educational areas is an obligatory part of the selection procedure for this vacancy. This exemption must be obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) before an employment contract is agreed upon. Click here for more information.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.
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