lunes, 27 de abril de 2015

[OFER-TRABEC] NAC: PhD Fellowship on Polymer Electrolytes for all-sol

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Institución:CIC Energigune
PhD Fellowship on Polymer Electrolytes for all-solid-state batteries
CIC energiGUNE is now offering the opportunity to complete the Research PhD project on the field of Electrical Energy Storage (EES) at our facilities. The offer is aimed at students registered for a PhD programme at university in related subjects: chemistry or materials science.

CIC energiGUNE is an energy storage research centre with headquarters in the Basque Country, which aims to achieve and maintain levels of excellence in all of its research areas of focus and become an international benchmark in its field. The centre has the backing of public institutions and administrations, and of companies directly related to the energy sector.

Candidates must be pre-registered as PhD students at a European University in a materials related PhD Programme. Applications are open to students worldwide as long as they hold a master degree and their degree is validated / homologated and approved by the University where they intend to register, and that the university of choice agrees to establish a collaboration and a co-direction of the PhD Thesis with CIC energiGUNE.
More information on pre-registration in local universities who already have a collaboration agreement with CIC energiGUNE is available at their websites, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) or Mondragon University (MU).

The PhD
CIC energiGUNE offers a total of 1 grant within the EES area to eligible students who wish to complete their PhD Thesis with us. Financial support will be 17.000€ gross / year (aprox. 14,000€ net / year). Students will be encouraged to apply for financial support by the university or other institutions (i.e. Basque Government). On top of the grant under offer students that are on possession of a grant will also be offered a position with us.

PhD Project Description:

Research Line: Polymer Electrolytes (EES)
Title: Polymer Electrolytes for all-solid-state batteries
Supervisor: Prof. Michel Armand

We are now inviting the applications for a Ph.D. student position in the area of Polymer Electrolytes. The work will be focused on the development of new solid polymer electrolytes for lithium and sodium rechargeable batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries are important for a wide variety of applications ranging from consumer electronics to automotive propulsion to stationary load-leveling for intermittent power generation, such as from wind or solar energy. Battery performance depends critically on the materials used, so the development of new materials is important for advancing battery technology. One materials challenge is the development of electrode materials with increased energy density, faster discharge kinetics and better stability. Another materials challenge is the development of safer and more reliable electrolytes to replace the currently used organic carbonate liquid solutions. The use of a solid electrolyte eliminates the need for containment of the liquid electrolyte, which simplifies the cell design, as well as improves safety and durability.

On the other hand, Na-ion batteries are an emerging and competitive candidate to replace current Li-ion batteries due to the low-cost and abundant availability of sodium. The recent research focus has largely been centered on the design and preparation of high energy density sodium cathode materials. Electrolyte materials are not as heavily researched, with most investigations using organic solvent based systems, however, as for Li based devices, a safe high performance electrolyte is just as important for Na devices.

Work will mostly include the experimental part along with some computation if required related to the feedback on some specific properties. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a background on chemistry/polymer science. Applicants should have a high level in English (written and spoken). Candidates must prove a strong attitude towards experimental chemistry and the drive and capacity to tackle different aspects of a complex problem with large independence. Talent, enthusiasm for research and capability to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment are also expected. The candidate will be part of a research team formed by chemists, physicist and material scientists.

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How to apply
Applications are open to students who wish to develop a career in research.
To apply for a CIC energiGUNE grant please enter your data, CV and a cover letter through our website before the 20th of May 2015.

Candidates must also provide the names and email address of at least 2 referees.
CIC Energigune is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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