Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark invite applications for a PhD position in Investigation of Li-ion intercalation mechanisms in rechargeable batteries for the 2019/2020 academic year.

The PhD project is part of the ESS Lighthouse SMART – Structure of Materials in Real Time and will be carried out in collaboration with Haldor Topsoe A/S and Danish Technical University. The position available starting 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project focuses on detailed structural characterization of novel battery electrodes, mainly cathode materials, and on elucidating the Li-ion intercalation mechanism during charge and discharge. The project will evolve around operando neutron and synchrotron X-ray scattering as well as development of setup for these measurements. Material synthesis, battery fabrication, electrochemical analysis, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and general material characterization (thermal analysis, electron microscopy, surface area analysis etc.) will also be central for the project.

Worth of Award

  • Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three (5+3 programme for applicants with a Master’s degree) or four years (4+4 programme for students who have not yet finished their Master studies). Teaching duties of related subjects will be part of the programme. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.
  • The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement of 10 November 2015 on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).


The candidate should have a good knowledge of inorganic chemistry, solid state chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical synthesis. Knowledge about powder diffraction is a prerequisite.

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.
  • The application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
    • A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
    • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box “Application form”)
    • Detailed CV, including personal contact information
    • Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including a transcript of notes/grades
    • Relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication, a possible co-author statement must be a part of this pdf-file
    • At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: [email protected] mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before the deadline. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

Deadline: applications close 13th December 2018.


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