Postdoc on Self-Healing Structural Battery Composites for Aerospace Applications

Updated: 14 days ago
Deadline: 30 Jun 2024

Join the team that aims to develop a new generation of Structural Batteries Composites as part of a EU-funded project on self-healing technologies for batteries.

The emerging field of Structural Batteries Composites (SBC) aims at developing multifunctional composites structures that can support mechanical forces during operation and simultaneously act as electrochemical energy storage. This new class of materials exploits the dual mechanical and electrochemical properties of carbon fibers (CF) used in aerospace composites, together with a solid-state electrolyte that acts as a binding matrix. The aim is to eventually extend the range of battery-powered airborne vehicles (e.g., drones) and provide alternative means to store electrical energy in an airplane. The scope of the work involves experimental and modelling aspects of a new class of SBC that utilizes self-healing electrolytes, which can autonomously repair after possible matrix cracking during operation.

The position involves working on various aspects of the structural battery development, including self-healing solid state electrolyte and separator, CF-based cathode/anode, SBC fabrication with integrated sensors provided by partners, and mechanical and electrochemical testing to quantify the effect of the self-healing technology on the lifetime extension of the system. The postdoctoral position is part of a EU-funded project of self-healing batteries (HEALING BAT) which involves various university and industrial partners across Europe. At TU Delft, the HEALING BAT project team involves other postdoctoral researcher, MSc students and a supervisory team from the Department of Aerospace Structures and Materials.   

We are seeking for an excellent candidate who has knowledge on batteries and the desire to learn about aerospace composite materials. Emphasis is on experimental activities while modelling and simulation are desired but not a pre-requisite. In particular, we look for a candidate with: 

  • A PhD in an appropriate discipline, including Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil or Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or Applied Physics
  • Experience with the fabrication of batteries
  • Experience with electrochemical testing and a desire to learn about mechanical testing
  • A curiosity-driven mindset and a strong motivation of conducting independent research
  • Inclination for team-work and effective communication in an international environment
  • Desire to publish scientific articles and participate in project meetings and international conferences

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values  and we actively engage  to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s most highly ranked (and most comprehensive) research, education and innovation communities devoted entirely to aerospace engineering. More than 200 science staff, around 270 PhD candidates and close to 3000 BSc and MSc students apply aerospace engineering disciplines to address the global societal challenges that threaten us today, climate change without doubt being the most important. Our focal subjects: sustainable aerospace, big data and artificial intelligence, bio-inspired engineering and smart instruments and systems. Working at the faculty means working together. With partners in other faculties, knowledge institutes, governments and industry, both aerospace and non-aerospace. Working in field labs and innovation hubs on our university campus and beyond. 

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For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Sergio Turteltaub ([email protected] ) or Dr. Santiago Garcia Espallargas ([email protected] ). 

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 30 June 2024 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

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