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A PhD student position (salary level E-13 TV-L, for 3 years, m/f/d), to be filled from July 1st 2021, is open in the Junior Research Group led by Dr. Dmitry Momotenko at the Chemistry Department at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany within the framework of an ERC Grant Nanoscale 3D Printing of a Lithium Ion Battery: Rethinking the Fabrication Concept for a Revolution in Energy Storage.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals to establish a new team working on advanced nanoscale 3D printing technology for fabrication of batteries with revolutionary performance. Our goal is to make a breakthrough in major battery characteristics (charging time and power) by a paradigm shift in battery engineering: we plan to develop and employ advanced nanoscale 3D printing techniques to fabricate active battery materials with ultrasmall structural features, which will provide a hundred-to-thousand-fold increase in the surface area of the battery enabled by nanoscale spacing between electrodes without compromising the battery capacity. To reach this, high-aspect ratio features should be additively manufactured to form active materials of the cathode and the anode. This will enable unprecedented level of control of the battery architecture, allowing groundbreaking improvement of the key battery performance characteristics, including higher output power and charging times of only several seconds. We are establishing a unique engineering approach with a potential to completely change the future landscape in research and industry related to portable electronic devices and electric vehicles and will also benefit many technologies beyond battery research, where nanoscale 3D printing opens new unparalleled capacity.

Your tasks:

  • developing new technology for nanoscale 3D printing;
  • programming the operation of the printer (e.g. in LabView);
  • development of printing process for new materials;
  • micro- and macroscale materials characterization, including electron microscopy, crystallography, electrical, micromechanical and electrochemical properties;
  • extensive data analysis;
  • microfabrication;
  • device testing;
  • analytical or numerical modelling, e.g. using Comsol Multiphysics.

Essential requirements:

  • Scientific degree MSc (or equivalent qualification, e.g. Diploma) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials science or related disciplines;
  • good communication skills, high level of spoken and written English.

Desirable:

  • practical and theoretical experience in the areas listed above in the “Tasks” section;
  • ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • creativity, problem-solving skills, ability to learn fast.

We offer:

  • salary according to the E 13 TV-L 67% level for 3 years;
  • excellent research infrastructure with state-of-the-art instrumentation;
  • dynamic group atmosphere;
  • collaborative environment (we work with teams in Singapore, Germany, Switzerland);

Your application, submitted as one file must include:

  • cover letter or statement of motivation
  • CV, which should contain names, positions and contact information of two references;
  • a list of publications (if any);
  • copies of certificates and diploma supplements (with marks and credit points);
  • list of completed laboratory courses and independent research projects.

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of female employees in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance to § 21 Section 3 NHG, female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

The position is open until filled, but application will be accepted at least until 15 May 2021. Application documents should be submitted (preferably via e-mail as a single pdf file) to Dr. Dmitry Momotenko, Chemistry Department, School of Mathematics and Sciences, Universität of Oldenburg, D-26111 Oldenburg. For further inquiries please contact Dr. Momotenko at .

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