Postdoc Fellowship in Multi-scale and Multi-physics Battery Modelling

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The Section for Atomic Scale Modelling and Materials at DTU Energy, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is looking for outstanding candidates for a 2-year postdoc position within the field of multi-scale and multi-physics modelling of new battery materials, interfaces and cells. The position is part of the Department’s focus on batteries and the Sections core activities on accelerated discovery of battery materials and interfaces in the context of the large-scale research initiative Batttery2030+ and the Marketable Polymer based Al-S battery (AMAPOLA) project funded by the European Union through the H2020.

Project description

The successful candidate should be able to develop a multi-scale and/or multi-physics models to describe the performance of novel battery technologies, in particular aluminium-sulphur batteries using polymerized ionic liquids as electrolytes. The models will be based on a continuum Newman-type model for simulating the entire battery and should be able to describe the battery at various conditions, e.g., cycling rates and temperatures The model will rely on input parameters derived both from experiments, machine learning and multi-scale/ab initio simulations.  The developed multi-scale/multi-physics model will help to design the battery components, including dimensions of electrodes, cathode design, and stack architecture.


The candidates should hold a PhD or equivalent degree in physics, chemistry or materials science. Candidates must have a strong background in computational chemistry/materials science and are expected to have performed original scientific research within multi-scale, mesoscopic and/or cell level simulations of batteries, for example:

  • performing coarse grained MD, phase field modelling, cluster expansion or Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations
  • development or application of hybrid or mesoscale models
  • implementing and using Newman’s-like models (e.g. the single particle model or the pseudo two dimensional model) in Matlab, Python or Comsol
Moreover, the successful candidate:
  • is innovative and able to work both independently and in cross-disciplinary teams
  • has good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.
  • is able to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of projects.

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 appointment is two years, starting September 1st 2020 or shortly thereafter.

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Juan Maria Garcia Lastra at


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

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 May 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • At least one reference

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


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, polymer solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity, thermoelectrics, 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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