PhD scholarship in Novel Separators for Alkaline Electrolysis

DTU Energy

Electrolysis and power-to-X are becoming key energy technologies in the time to come. In particular alkaline technology has the potential for the first wave of large scale implementation due to moderate cost and high scalability. We at DTU Energy develop next generation advanced alkaline electrolyzers in close collaboration with industries and other universities. We are looking for a PhD scholarships within development of cheap highly stable separators for alkaline electrolyzers.

The project is a collaboration with Stiesdal Hydrogen a well-reputed Danish energy company with a strong focus on trying new ideas in order to make the technology more cost competitive while at the same time strive for high performance. The specific task is to develop a new porous membrane from organic and inorganic materials. You join a working group, which sets on from an existing concept of plate-based electrodes and expects to revolutionize it. A short time to market is anticipated.    

At DTU Energy, we also develop novel new catalyst materials and you will be able to test your separators in cells with such electrodes. About 15 people are involved in alkaline or low temperature electrolysis at the department.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus in the projects will be synthesis, manufacturing and materials characterization. Your work will be experimental and involve multiple techniques, some of which we might have to develop together.

You need the following specific qualifications

  • Knowledge of and preferably experimental experience in electrochemistry.
  • A background in polymer chemistry, organic/inorganic chemistry or similar field.
  • Candidates with knowledge on advanced membranes and organic/inorganic frameworks are welcomed.

Besides, you will take part in our teaching of BSc and MSc students in student projects and/or in the ordinary courses as Teaching Assistant.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.   

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor, Jens Oluf Jensen, Development Engineer, Mikkel Rykær Kraglund and Head of Section, Peter Holtappels.

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 appointment terms
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 3 years.

Starting time is as soon as possible according to mutual agreement. We expect project start before the end of the year.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Jens Oluf Jensen,  

You can read more about DTU Energy at www.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 16 August 2022 (Danish time). We will evaluate applications as they are submitted and might call applicants for interview before the deadline.

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 BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications 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.

Department of Energy Conversion and Storage is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolyzers, 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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