2 Postdoc positions in new energy conversion technologies for the fossil free energy system

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Do you want to contribute to a sustainable future and to do research on the energy technologies of tomorrow? At DTU Energy this is what we do, and we are looking for new team members.

It is clear that in an emission perspective all the sooner we can stop using fossil fuels the better. The Danish climate policy targeting emission reductions of -70 % by 2030 and -100 % by 2050 will require very significant changes to our energy system and resource management in most society sectors. Realising green synthetic fuels for aviation and maritime transport is one of the most challenging tasks in this transition.  Another one is how to cope with increasing mismatch between supply and demand, when solar cells and wind turbines will account for more and more of our electricity production.  This will call for efficient and cost-effective energy storage technologies deployable on large scale. Finally, the transition needs to be realised with view also to other environmental impacts of our technology use like impacts on water use and waste water management. Electrolysis- and fuel cells are likely to become key to this transition enabling synthesis of hydrogen with electricity input. The hydrogen can be used in synthesis of fuels and chemicals (e.g. ammonia and methanol) that are easily stored, or can be used in itself as a fuel. 

We have recently won support for several new research projects addressing these challenges including projects from Innovation Fund Denmark, the Independent Research Fund and from EU via the Horizon2020 program. To help us in realising the projects we seek to recruit several talented researchers (post docs). You can learn more about the different projects and positions below. 
Project “Reforge” (Funding; Innovation Fund Denmark). The project targets development of a novel more up-scalable platform of solid oxide electrolysis cells and stacks and the use of these in ammonia synthesis. The solid oxide cell technology has, due to its high efficiency, the potential to become a key technology in supplying the hydrogen (and carbon monoxide) needed for synthesizing sustainable fuels for the transport sector and important chemicals like ammonia. The activities planned deal with introducing a mechanically more tough type of zirconia than used to day, facilitating making of larger cells (e.g. via tape casting), and via materials development to enable a reduction in temperature of operation. 

Project “H2Now” (Funding; Independent Research Fund). This projects targets development of an efficient technology to extract hydrogen from a synthesis gas mixture. The syngas can be derived from partial oxidation of e.g. methanol and the separation of hydrogen is needed for this to be used in a PEM Fuel cell. The projects targets mobile applications and entails developing both the required electrochemical cells and a stacking technology. The cells are based on high temperature proton conducting oxides, and manufacturing is based on tape casting.

For these projects we need two new staff members to strengthen our R&D capabilities in the used ceramic shaping/manufacturing processes, especially tape casting, and for the related materials development. You will be working in a team of researchers collaborating to realise the targeted components and materials improvements. The team will include both Phd’s, lab technicians and more experienced researchers. Tasks will involve materials synthesis and characterisation, formulation of stable inks and slurries, component manufacture and characterisation.  
The main activity will take place at the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage at DTU Lyngby campus and you will be a part of the research section; “Solid State Chemistry”.

For applicants to be qualified they should have:
  • A PhD degree in engineering, physics, chemistry or similar.
  • The ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamic group. 
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.Experience with materials synthesis and ceramic processing. 
  • Experience with proton conducting ceramics and/or tape casting is an advantage. Research experience besides your phd-work is further an advantage.  
Salary and appointment terms
The appointments will be for 2 years and based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The expected starting date is April 1, 2020.

Further information
Please contact Senior Scientist Henrik Lund Frandsen, +45 93 51 16 18, hlfr@dtu.dk , Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25, pvhe@dtu.dk or Senior Researcher Ragnar Kiebach, woki@dtu.dk +45 4677 5624. 

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, only apply online as described below.

Please submit your online application no later than 22 February 2020 (23:59 local 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:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and PhD diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Energy is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity and thermoelectrics. Additional information about the department can be found on www.ecs.dtu.dk

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