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Ph.D. Student Position in Materials for microSOFCs

Resolution Date May 17th 2019

PROPOSAL FOR THE ASSIGNEMENT OF PH.D. STUDENT POSITION IN MATERIALS FOR MICROSOFCS (NºRef. 19/2019)

 


Publish date April 26th 2019
N.Ref. 19/2019

Ph.D. Student Position in Materials for microSOFCs

The Group Leader of Nanoionics and Fuel Cells is seeking a PhD student to work on a European Project (ERC Consolidator Grant) devoted to the development of breakthrough concepts for micro-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (uSOFC).

Description: Energy requirements of portable devices are exponentially increasing while the capacity of the current battery technology is not progressing accordingly. Novel miniaturized devices able to efficiently operate in continuous mode by using a fuel are receiving increased attention. Micro-fuel cells and, in particular, micro-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (m-SOFCs) are considered one of the most promising candidates due to their high specific energy and power, two times higher than conventional Li-ion batteries. One of the most promising approaches for the miniaturization of SOFCs is based on the silicon technology commonly used to fabricate MEMS devices and 3D printing of ceramics for the encapsulation. This approach ensures high reproducibility and reliability, cheap mass production and easy integration in mainstream technology.
We are interested in a Ph.D. student highly motivated to develop the thin film layers included into a micro-SOFC. She/he will get experience in hands on deposition and characterization of thin films, especially ellipsometry. Among the techniques employed will be Pulsed Laser Deposition or Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy.

Requirements: Ph.D. student who is highly motivated to learn, work in a team, high flexibility and initiative and ability to innovate.
Bachelor and master of Physics / Materials Science / Chemistry or similar is required. Experience in thin films and electrochemical characterization will be positively evaluated.
Fluent English is mandatory.

We offer: One year contract. Joining a team of highly qualified and motivated researchers working in the frontiers of knowledge in science and technology.
A salary commensurate with the characteristics of the candidate

Incorporation: The candidates should be available by June 2019.

Workplace: Barcelona (IREC facilities)

Applicants should send a detailed CV, a motivation letter and bachelor/master transcript to Albert Tarancón,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please indicate the reference “ULTRA-SOFC_PhDMat” in your mail.