Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.
You are an experimentalist second to none – with a solid theoretical understanding of physical chemistry and either solid-state physics or synthetic chemistry as evidenced by excellent grades in relevant courses and a CV which documents your abilities.
If you choose to work primarily on the solar absorber stack you must have demonstrated experience in inorganic solar cell fabrication and preferably also tandem stacks or photoelectrodes. If you choose to work primarily on the redox system you must have demonstrated experience synthesizing and benchmarking state-of-the-art RFB compounds.
You are hard-working, highly motivated, and you are a team player. On a daily basis, you will be working as a team with several other Ph.D. students and Postdocs on closely related projects. Excellent written and spoken English skills are mandatory.
The key prerequisites for success for STORSOL are 1) a high-efficiency solar harvesting photo electrode assembly which provides a voltage suitable for the target electrochemical charging reaction at the highest possible photocurrent and which is stable in service, and 2) a chemical redox system (redox species and electrolyte) with excellent cycle life and stability, low cost, near-reversible electron transfers and good energy density.
Depending your background, you will work primarily on either (1) or (2), but you will in any case work on both problems. The relevant tasks involved include:
- Photovoltaic stack design and fabrication
- Photovoltaic benchmarking
- Corrosion protection and electrochemical activation (electrocatalysis)
- Redox system design and synthesis
- Redox system benchmarking and “plumbing” design
- Solar charging and (dark) discharging benchmarking
How to Apply?
To apply, please open the link
fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:
- Application (cover letter)
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
- Diploma (PhD)
- List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
The SURFCAT section at DTU Physics explores the use of catalysis and solar energy harvesting to secure renewable energy for the future. The objective of SurfCat is to explore and understand the functionality of well-defined surfaces and in particular surfaces of nanoparticles on the atomic level. The main focus is to design nanoparticles with specific functionality towards catalytic processes in the area of heterogeneous-, electro-, and photo-catalysis. Today heterogeneous catalysis forms the basis for industrial chemistry, while electro-and photo-catalysis are areas with huge growth potentials in connection with sustainable energy solutions. The investigations are aiming at understanding how shape, structure, size and composition may influence the functionality such as reactivity for specific processes taking place on surfaces of the nanoparticles. By capitalizing on such fundamental insight is it the hope that we can provide new materials, processes, and solutions that can implemented in future sustainable energy and enviromental protection systems.
About the STORSOL Project
The Independent Research Fund Denmark has funded the STORed SOLar project (STORSOL) which aims to combine solar harvesting photoelectrodes with redox flow battery chemical energy storage for providing solar electricity – day and night – with high-efficiency.
The research is highly interdisciplinary and combines photovoltaics, electrochemistry and chemical synthesis. We aim to use novel two-photon (tandem) solar absorber stacks to charge redox species such as substituted ferrocenes or TEMPO derivatives.
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.
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.