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volume: 75 v. H.
restriction: three years
salary: EG 13 TV-L
beginning: 15.04.2021

The Electrochemistry and Electroplating Group at The Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany, announces the opening of a position for


PhD Student (f/m/d)

The announced position is in the frames of research project with Umicore NV/SA on performance improvement of “anode-free” rechargeable Li-metal batteries. Our aim is to enhance the knowledge on the processes at the negative electrode interface that depend on the substrate nature and interfacial geometry. Therefore, the focus of the research will be set on the structural design of the substrate at the micro-/nanoscale and development of methods for surface modification. The research activities will be finalized by conclusive evaluation of the strategically developed electrode interfaces/materials.

Your tasks

  • design and structural characterization of anode substrates based on micro- and nano-dimensional materials
  • exploring the electrochemical performance of the developed materials and interfaces as anodes for Li-metal battery at different thermal and mechanical conditions
  • conclusive evaluation of the acquired experimental data and building strategies for battery performance improvement in terms of efficiency and cycling stability
  • elaboration of simple, low energy consuming and environmentally friendly technological solutions
  • application of electrochemical, microscopy, microgravmetric, dilatometric and spectroscopic characterisation techniques
  • assisting the training of students in the field of electrochemistry

Our support:

  • expertise in the field of energy storage technology
  • different training opportunities (i.e. attendance of academic courses at TU Ilmenau, supervision of students involved in the project, creating hands-on capabilities for application of different analytical methods)
  • direct contact with the project team experts
  • easy access to the required physical characterization techniques (part of TU Ilmenau facilities)
  • possibility for participation in international scientific forums
  • welcoming and inclusive working environment
  • chance to get involved in student organizational and social activities
  • sport practicing at the university sport center

  • Our requirements:

  • MEng/MSc in chemistry, electrochemistry, material science or physics
  • self-motivation, analytical thinking and creativity in finding optimal solutions
  • good lab and technical skills
  • experience with electrochemical methods
  • knowledge of spectroscopy methods (experience with XPS is an advantage)
  • competence to work in interdisciplinary team
  • good communication skills
  • fluent English (knowledge of German is an advantage)

How to apply

To apply please provide in English the following items:

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Covering letter explaining your motivation, current interests and relevant background
3. Copy of your BEng/BSc and MEng/MSc certificates
4. Short (up to 1 page) summary of your master thesis
5. Names and contact information of two referees

The university stands in the fields of technology, mathematics and natural sciences, business and media for teaching and research at the highest level. She attaches particular importance to innovative teaching and interdisciplinarity. She identifies with Humboldt's ideals and pursues the vision of a cosmopolitan campus family.

Technische Universität Ilmenau is holder of the „TOTAL E-Quality“ distinction and emphasizes gender equality.

Severely disabled applicants with essentially identical professional suitability will be preferentially selected.

Technische Universität Ilmenau offers flexible working time models.


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