PhD-student position in Energy Engineering – with a special emphasis on development of quasi-solid-...

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Oct 2022

Luleå University of Technology experiences rapid growth with world-leading expertise within several research domains. We shape the future through innovative education and groundbreaking research results and drawing on our location in the Arctic region, we create global societal benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are carried out in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has an annual turnover of SEK 1.9 billion. Today, we have 1,815 staff and 19,155 students.

In the coming years, multi-billion investments will be made in large projects in Northern Sweden to create a fossil-free society both nationally and globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these cutting-edge research projects and in the societal transformation that they entail. We offer a broad range of courses and study programmes to match the skills in demand. We hope that you will help us to build the sustainable companies and societies of the future.

Energy Engineering within the Division of Energy Science belongs to the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics. It is an institution with many successful teams and recognized educational programs. We work closely with companies/industries in both research and student projects. The conducted research has high international standard and close collaborations around the world.

The Division of Energy Science at Luleå University of Technology has an open PhD position in the subject of Energy Engineering. Your research studies will focus on developing quasi-solid-state composite electrolytes, compatible with high voltage cathodes.

Subject description
Energy engineering concerns the development of technologies and processes in order to build a sustainable energy supply. The research focuses on bioenergy technologies and energy efficiency in industry and society.

As a PhD student you will work for a doctoral degree as the final goal, according to the goals specified in the Higher Education Ordinance. In parallel with your thesis work, you will also develop your general skills by taking courses as part of research education.

This is a four-year PhD project, with the financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency and the cooperation with the University of Oulu in Finland and the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) in China. The overall aim of the project is to develop high performance quasi-solid-state electrolytes primarily concerning poly(ionic liquids) (PIL) and ionic liquids (ILs). The work is mainly on experimental including measurements and testing.

Within the PhD research project, we will identify and develop PILs and ILs together with fillers to prepare composite electrolytes, and surface modification (interlayer) will be conducted to improve the cell performance. Together with a team of other PhD students/post-docs, the key mechanisms will be revealed via in-situ and ex-situ advanced experiments as well as computer modelling.

To be eligible, you must have a degree of Master of Science in Electrochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Energy Engineering, or similar specializations. You should have a good knowledge in English language and good oral and written proficiency. It is desirable that you have a strong interest in developing electrolytes for batteries. We value a candidate who likes to work in a team but can also take the initiative on his/her own. We see it as an advantage if the candidate has research experience on ionic liquids and composite electrolytes.

For further information about a specific subject see:General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology

Fulltime fixed-term employment for four years (up to maximum five years). Departmental duties, such as administration and/or lecturing up to 20 % of full time may be added. The lecturing assignments are within the courses given for the MSc program in Sustainable Energy Engineering. Placement: Luleå. Starting: According to agreement.

For further information, please contact:prof. Xiaoyan Ji (LTU), +46-920-492837, , prof. Marcus Öhman (LTU), +46-920-491977, , prof. Aatto Laaksonen, , Prof. Haitao Zhang, , Prof. Ulla Lassi, .

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version is preferred.

Union representatives:SACO-S Kjell Johansson (+46)920-49 1529 , OFR-S Lars Frisk, (+46)920-49 1792

We ask you to apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter, and copies of verified diplomas from the university level. Your application, including diplomas, must be written either in English or Swedish. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Application deadline: October 10, 2022

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