PhD Student Surface Chemistry of HV/HE Cathode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries

Updated: about 1 month ago

12.06.2017, Wissenschaftliches Personal

Under the framework of a collaborative project on automotive battery development, the Chair of Technical Electrochemistry at the Technical University of Munich is working together with seven renowned research groups from all over the world in the Scientific Network on Electrochemistry and Batteries financed by BASF SE. Within this network, we want to apply different diagnostics to elucidate the capacity fading mechanisms of lithium-ion batteries by examining the structural and compositional changes over cycle-life for high-energy/high-voltage (HE/HV) cathode materials.

This position requires:

(i) surface analysis of HE/HV cathode materials with different surface modifications by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
(ii) examination of cathode surface reactivity with lithium ion battery electrolytes using on-line electrochemical mass spectrometry
(iii) electrochemical testing of modified materials in lithium-ion cells
We are looking for someone with a strong background in surface chemistry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy as well as experience in electrochemistry and battery technology. You will work closely with two senior researchers and four PhD students who are working at our Chair within the BASF network. Your task will include a close interaction with our network partners and the BASF.

What we are looking for:
• Above average Master degree in chemistry, physics, materials sciences or similar
• Experience in the field of battery electrochemistry or X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is advantageous
• High motivation and self-reliant working style
• a personality who enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary environment as part of our battery team
What we are offering:
• a contract paid according to TVL E13 (65% in the first year)
• a newly furnished laboratory with state-of-the-art testing & characterization tools
• a vibrant interdisciplinary and international research environment
The position is currently open and we are seeking to fill the position as soon as possible. Please send your resume, list of publication, cover letter and names of references directly to Daniel Pritzl at by July 15th, 2017. We are looking forward to your application.
TUM aims to increase the participation of women and explicitly encourages applications of women. Candidates with disabilities will be given preference if equally qualified.


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