Postdoc in Performance Characterization of Solid Oxide Electrochemical Cells

Wednesday 10 Feb 21

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The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage invites applicants for a Post doc position to strengthen our capabilities on advanced characterization of solid oxide cells.

At DTU Energy, we carry out R&D in energy conversion technologies for the future sustainable energy system. Cost competitive routes for synthesis of Hydrogen via electrolysis is key to many P2X-concepts currently under development to satisfy global demand for green fuels. We are among the world’s leaders in research and development of electrolysis technologies. We have excellent facilities and competences for fabrication, testing and characterization of such devices. DTU Energy has around 200 employees.

We recently won support for several R&D projects involving solid oxide cells in different applications; for steam electrolysis, for local power generation (SOFC), as well as for oxygen extraction. To support these projects we need to strengthen our team dealing with module design and testing.

Background:
There are several similarities between solid oxide fuel cells, solid oxide electrolysis cells and ceramic oxygen transport membranes; for their functionality, they rely on oxide ion conducting ceramics and for scaling up one needs to construct multi-component modules, where several cells or units are built together. This involves design and use of auxiliary components for electrical interconnection, for gas-manifolding and sealing.

Ensuring fail-safe design at module level requires insight to material compatibility and mechanical loads building up during operation. For design optimization and to ensure the required long-term durability, it is further crucial to characterize in detail the electrochemical performance of the modules and its components.

We need two skilled postdoc’s to assist us in these tasks.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will be involved in a broad range of activities. You will take part in designing and building multi-component systems based on solid oxide cells and in carrying out detailed characterization of their performance. The latter will involve method development as well as use of well-established techniques for detailed characterization like impedance spectroscopy. Some post-test material characterization using SEM and EDS will also be needed.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a Ph.D.-degree in the field of Chemical engineering, Materials Physics or Mechanical Engineering or another closely related topic.

We prefer candidates with expertise on one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Electrochemistry and electrochemical characterization (e.g. by impedance spectroscopy) 
  • Materials and component characterization (e.g. XRD, SEM, EDS, mechanical properties)
  • Component design and manufacture

You should further have:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • Ability to work independently and to plan and carry out complicated tasks 
  • Ability to be a part of a dynamical multi-disciplinary group and to network both with project partners and international collaborators.

The candidate is expected to start by mid April 2021.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Anke Hagen, Senior Researcher Henrik Lund Frandsen and Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university 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 appointment terms
The employment 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 Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen (pvhe@dtu.dk).

You can read more about DTU Energy on www.energy.dtu.dk/english

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Application
Please submit your online application no later than 7 March 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

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

At DTU Energy it is our vision to be a world-leading cross-disciplinary research department within sustainable technologies for energy conversion and storage, and to enable a sustainable society through innovative technology development building on fundamental insights.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global chal-lenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Balle-rup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.