PhD in Electrochemical Reactor Modelling

Optimised electrochemical reactor designs for selected processes, electrification of chemical and energy industries

20 dagen geleden


Landelijk / geen vaste standplaats
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


The large-scale carbon neutral production of ‘solar’ fuels and base chemicals like hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol using only renewable electricity, water, and air will play a pivotal role in the transition towards a sustainable energy system. This can be done in electrochemical cells, similar to electrolysers, fuel cells, and redox flow batteries.

The aim of this PhD project is to establish optimised electrochemical reactor designs for selected processes. This will likely involve a substantial modelling component, including analytical and simplified numerical models as well as computational fluid dynamics and multiphysics models.

Depending on the interest of the candidate a combination with experimental work may be possible. Please get in touch with any questions you may have before applying.


You should have an MSc degree in an engineering or (applied) science discipline and preferably have experience with programming and/or computer modelling. Good communication skills, verbal and written, and a pro-active attitude are essential.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact J. W. (Willem) Haverkort, phone: +31 (0)15-2786651, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a concise CV along with a letter of application by 1 November 2017 to Hilma Bleeker, Applications after the deadline will be considered if the post is still vacant.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-45.

Additional information

J.W. Haverkort
+31 (0)15-2786651

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering Research in the Department of Process and Energy (Faculty 3mE) focuses on process and energy technology in a mechanical engineering context, meaning that a process or energy conversion is part of an apparatus. We envision that in the coming decades a transition from fossil/conventional energy conversion towards full electrification will take place in society. Our objective is to develop processes supporting this transition, by making existing processes more efficient and developing novel green technologies that use electricity as primary energy source to produce heavy transportation fuels and bulk chemicals. Continuum fluids are the common denominator, either as a process material, carrier, or solvent, or as a medium through which a transport, separation or chemical process is carried out.


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