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PhD position: Continuous sensing and flow with bubbles

MCEC is looking for a highly motivated and creative PhD candidate. The production of solar fuels, among which hydrogen gas, has gained much attention in the …

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


MCEC is looking for a highly motivated and creative PhD candidate. The production of solar fuels, among which hydrogen gas, has gained much attention in the last decade. However, the promised ideal of powering disparate devices using sunlight with zero-emissions still faces scientific and technological challenges. Even with the recent development of new materials and device architectures, there is a knowledge gap that needs to be covered on the role of H2 (and O2) bubble generation and transport, specifically in continuous flow systems.

To achieve an efficient fuel production, it is not sufficient to locally control where gas bubbles are formed in stationary conditions. Hence, this project is aimed at gaining new fundamental insight in two challenging directions: (i) the processes and parameters associated with hydrogen bubble generation and transport under continuous flow conditions in novel and smart electrode designs, (ii) uncover new analytical concepts to measure dynamic physicochemical changes in the vicinity of bubble evolution sites. Both challenges have in common an unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution that is in high demand for designing and testing the solar fuel generators of the future.


  • Bubble
  • Electrolysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Mass transfer


We are looking for highly motivated and excellent researchers with a MSc degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, electrical engineering, applied physics, or related topic. You should be an enthusiastic person with well-developed communication skills, especially in written and spoken English. You should be capable of working independently as well as in a multidisciplinary team. Innovative and creative thinking are other requirements. Note that we are specifically looking for international students, although national students are also welcome to apply.

Information and application
Please contact dr. David Fernandez Rivas (email: d.fernandezrivas@utwente.n; phone +31534893531 for more information.

To apply please follow the link to the MCEC website here: https://mcec-researchcenter.nl/call-for-phd-candidates/. Only complete applications will be considered, consisting out of 4 documents:

(1) the Application Form, (2) a motivation letter, (3) a curriculum vitae, (4) copies of relevant diplomas and grade lists. Additionally (5) a video pitch is required. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents. Deadline for applying is 31 May 2019.

(You will be redirected to Utrecht University).


We offer a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. As a PhD candidate you will be offered a full-time (38 hours/week) position for four years, after which you should have completed your PhD thesis. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, the gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from € 2325,-- in the first year to € 2972,-- in the final year plus a holiday allowance (8%), an end-year bonus (8.3% of the annual salary) and a number of additional benefits. The University of Twente provides excellent campus facilities, and actively supports professional and personal development.