Doctoral student in Solid Mechanics

Updated: 10 days ago
Deadline: 03 Jun 2021

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Project description

Third-cycle subject: Solid Mechanics

The increasing use of electric vehicles demands an intense battery development. We are seeking a PhD-student to the project “Discrete electrode particle modeling for predicting capacity degradation in lithium-ion batteries”, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. Charging and de-charging of batteries lead to swelling and shrinking of the electrodes that may cause delamination growth, local buckling, void initiation and loss of electric contact with the current collector. The aim with this project is to develop and use a particle model of the electrode material to describe these damage mechanisms based on the Discrete Element Method (DEM). The particle model will then be used for optimizing the composition and manufacture of the electrode.

The main part of the research will be directed towards micromechanical modelling of the particles that the electrode consists of. In the model the individual electrode particles and the binder material will be considered. By implementing electro-chemical models, the particles will swell and shrink with charging-discharging of the battery. This model will then be used for predicting different types of damage in the electrode material.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Professor Per-Lennnart Larsson, Professor Peter Gudmundson and Docent Erik Olsson


What we offer
Eligibility

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here .

Selection

In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

Target degree: Doctoral degree


Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.


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Application

Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above) . Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

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