PhD Project for Development of High Power Solid Oxide Fuel Cells of the Future

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Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) convert the chemical energy of a fuel into electricity and heat with high electrical efficiencies. SOFCs are a key enabling technology for future energy systems based on renewable sources by providing an efficient link between the sectors power, gas, and heat.

The central focus of the PhD project are reducing the costs & increasing the lifetime of SOFCs, which are the main challenges for the technology. The choice of SOFC materials and their structuring determine the performance and lifetime, and the overall costs of the SOFC as well. DTU Energy has developed a unique concept of metal supported cells, which allows for cost reduction of SOFCs. This concept is the basis for the PhD project, which strives to:

  • Improve electrode performances through tailoring of the electrodes
  • Provide durability at cell level through upscaling of the improved electrodes and developing measures to prevent corrosion and other degradation mechanisms of the cells
  • Validate the improved cell generations in a stack environment in close collaboration with an SOFC stack manufacturer

The PhD project combines expertise from different scientific disciplines such as materials science & processing, electro chemistry, and micro structural analysis. It also covers a wide range of technology readiness levels from electrode development towards upscaling and validation in SOFC stack environment.

The PhD project will be carried out in close collaboration with leading international groups within a European project, giving the candidate a unique opportunity to collaborating and building an international network.

The successful PhD candidates should have a master's degree in physics, chemistry or engineering.

A successful candidate:

  • has good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
  • is able to work independently and take responsibility for planning, progress and quality of projects
  • is able to work in an international research team together with technicians, engineers, and scientists.

We favor candidates with experience in materials physics, chemistry, electrochemistry, and related areas. Experience with materials development and processing is a plus.

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 the DTU PhD Guide .

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

The employment is expected to start January 1st, 2020 or soon thereafter.

Further information
If you need further information concerning these positions, please contact project manager, Professor Anke Hagen,

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

Please submit your online application no later than 22 November 2019 (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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )

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

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.

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. Additional information about the department can be found on

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