Postdoc in Polymer Chemistry

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If you are ready to take the next step in your academic career and break new ground where organic chemistry meets materials science and sustainable energy technology, DTU Energy invites you to submit an application for a 2-year Postdoc position. The overall setting is energy conversion as a cornerstone in the green transition where energy storage as well as fuel flexibility is mandatory. DTU Energy is strongly involved in this agenda.

The position is based in the Section of Organic Electrochemical Materials, where our research spans from synthesis, fabrication, and characterization of energy materials to advanced electrochemical testing in the context of fuel cells, flow batteries, electrosynthesis and Power-to-X technologies. Organic energy materials, and in particular polymer membranes for electrochemical applications are a strategic area for the department. We work in close collaboration with colleagues in other sections and departments at DTU as well as with companies and research institutions in Denmark and around the world.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your work will be devoted to organic energy materials in a broad sense, primarily to support our research in electrochemical energy conversion (Electrolysis, fuel cells and Power-to-X). More specifically, you will be engaged in the synthesis and characterization of new ion conducting polymer chemistries. The work also includes mechanistic studies of degradation pathways, and development of degradation mitigation strategies at the molecular level.

We expect you to contribute to reaching the ambitious goals of the projects that you will be involved in, by closely collaborating with your colleagues and by sharing materials, knowledge and ideas. More specifically, your responsibilities and tasks involve:

  • Design, synthesis and characterization of monomers and functional polymers
  • Processing and formulation of materials
  • Support device testing with definition of test conditions and stability studies
  • Daily supervision of BSc/MSc/PhD students
  • Contribution to idea generation and project proposals
  • Dissemination and communication

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). The degree should be in the field of synthetic organic/polymer chemistry, and preferably with an energy materials twist. You are expected to start as soon as possible.

We prefer applicants with a genuine interest in applied research combined with:

  • Practical and theoretical skills in synthetic organic chemistry
  • Practical and theoretical skills in characterization of small organic molecules and macromolecules (including NMR, GC, HPLC, rheology)
  • Practical and theoretical skills in materials processing and formulation
  • Practical and theoretical skills in electrochemistry and electrochemical characterization methods
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment in complex projects
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Researcher David Aili, Professor Jens Oluf Jensen and Associate Professor Lars Nilausen Cleemann.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher David Aili ( or Professor Jens Oluf Jensen (

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 October 2021 (Danish time). 

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Energy
The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, electromechanical converters, sustainable synthetic fuels, and batteries. The Department, which has more than 200 employees, was founded in 2012. Additional information about the department can be found on

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