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PhD Position in Solid State Electrolyte Materials @ TU Delft (Netherlands)

Challenge: Develop low-temperature oxide and proton conducting ceramics.
Change: Materials desing with advanced in situ characterisation tools.
Impact: New materials to enable hydrogen-based economy.

3 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


Ion conducting ceramics will play an instrumental role for the energy transition. They are core materials in solid oxide cells, which are key devices for efficient electrochemical conversion in a hydrogen-based economy (e.g. power-to-gas). New materials are required to attain lower operation temperatures without compromising reaction efficiency, with particular focus on perovskite oxides as solid-state electrolytes.

In this project, you are going to design new materials for oxide ion and proton conduction in low-temperature solid oxide cells. You will employ advanced in situ characterization techniques, as 17O NMR spectroscopy and neutron diffraction, to unravel the structural traits that determine the functional properties of novel solid-state electrolytes. In this way, you will achieve in-depth understanding about structure-property relations governing ionic conductivity of electroceramics and, ultimately, contribute to the design of functional materials for a successful energy transition.


  • A Master’s degree in Material Science or Chemistry with focus on inorganic materials.
  • Experience with synthesis and characterisation of (oxide) materials supported by a master thesis in a related topic.
  • Interest in advanced characterisation methods backed by a curiosity-driven approach.
  • A proactive attitude and demonstrated good organisation/planning skills for experimental work are highly appreciated.
  • Previous contact to solid-state NMR spectroscopy, while not mandatory, is a valuable plus.

• Very good written and spoken communication skills in English are required.


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Additional information

The Storage of Electrochemical Energy group of the Radiation Science and Technology department focusses on fundamental processes in electroceramics and next-generation batteries using experimental probes as neutron and X-ray scattering, as well as solid state NMR and computational approaches including density functional theory calculations. The direct access to these facilities and collaborative atmosphere represents a stimulating environment for research and development.

See https://www.tudelft.nl/en/faculty-of-applied-sciences/about-faculty/departments/radiation-science-technology/research/research-groups/storage-of-electrochemical-energy/

If you would like more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Pedro B. Groszewicz, assistant professor in electroceramic materials, email: p.groszewicz@tudelft.nl

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Laïs Westervoorde, HR advisor, email: L.Westervoorde@tudelft.nl