PhD scholarship in catalysts and electrodes for fuel cells and electrolyzers

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The Section for Proton Conductors at DTU Energy is seeking a qualified and highly motivated candidate for a PhD scholarship in development of catalysts and electrodes for fuel cells and electrolyzers.The section is involved in the development of both fuel cells and electrolyzers in the temperature range 60–300 °C. Within fuel cells based on phosphoric acid doped polybenzimidazole, we are among the leading research groups in the world. Alkaline electrolysis is a more recent field under expansion within the group. The research approach is experimental. The research and development activities take place in close collaboration with industry, e.g. Danish Power Systems, EWII Fuel Cells and GreenHydrogen. Furthermore, there is a comprehensive collaboration with other companies and universities all over the world.

You will be joining a large group consisting of +20 scientists and technicians. You will be working in modern, well-equipped laboratories in a truly international setting where approximately half of the staff is from outside Denmark.

Responsibilities and tasks
The scholarship will focus on synthesis and electrochemical characterization of catalysts and electrodes. It may be divided into two separate scholarships on catalysts and electrodes respectively, depending on the candidates. The research tasks are:

  • Development of electrocatalysts for low temperature fuel cells and electrolyzers. Special attention to either platinum alloys or non-noble metal catalysts.
  • Development of electrode structures for alkaline electrolyzer cells.
  • Electrochemical characterization.

The scholarship(s) involve an external stay. In case of the electrode study, it will be an extended period at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Jens Oluf Jensen and co-workers.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

DTU Lyngby Campus

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Section, Professor Jens Oluf Jensen tel.: +45 4525 2314. You can read more about “the Department” on .

Please submit your online application no later than 30 June 2017.
Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in 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.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Department of Energy Conversion and Storage is focused on education, research, and development within functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technologies. The Department, which has 230 employees, was founded in 2012 by bringing research groups from Risø DTU and DTU Chemistry together. We are present both at Lyngby Campus and Risø Campus.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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