PhD student position in Insights into Carbon Fibres in Structural Composite Batteries


The main competencies at the department of Industrial and Materials Science are found in the areas of: Human-Technology Interaction | Form and Function | Modeling and Simulation | Product Development | Material | Production and in the interaction between these areas. The research develops the industrial process, from need to finished product while creating added value. To combine skills throughout the whole chain distinguishes the department both nationally and internationally. Here we gather internationally prominent researchers, in dynamic and outstanding research environments, as well as in national and international research networks.

Information about the division
The division of Material and Manufacture covers the entire value chain from the design, processing to characterization of materials. The division uses a number of technologies – powder metallurgy, electroplating, additive manufacturing, and material cutting – as well as a range of advanced characterization techniques. The work is multidisciplinary by nature and addresses topics that directly affect sustainability.

The project
The project focuses on structural composite batteries, a multifunctional battery integrating energy storage capabilities to structural components. It is a key enabling technology in realizing substantial weight savings on the system level. Imaging the doors and hoods of an electric car also store energy! Carbon fibres play dual roles in these batteries, reinforcements (as in carbon fibre composites) and negative electrodes (as in batteries). However, almost all carbon fibres were developed from the mechanical point of view; a fundamental understanding on the behaviour of carbon fibres under the dynamic electrochemical and mechanical processes in structural composite batteries, and on the relationship between their performance and microstructure are still largely lacking.

Within this project, we aim to gain a fundamental understanding on the microstructural evolution of carbon fibres under the coupled electrochemical and mechanical loading (charging/discharging cycles and simultaneous load-bearing) in structural composite batteries. The main activities include: 1) to build a novel in-situ platform in an electron microscope, which will enable us to study micro-structural-composite-batteries under electrochemical and mechanical loading live; 2) to gain a fundamental understanding on the interaction between lithium ions and carbon fibres, using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography; 3) to gain a fundamental understanding on the interplay between electrochemical and mechanical loading. You will have the opportunity to work in a truly interdisciplinary team of scientists.

The project is financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.

Major responsibilities
The doctoral program is equivalent to four years of full-time studies, which include research, studies in courses (at least 60 course credits), and participation in seminars and conferences. The PhD student will develop the method for in-situ study of structual composite batteries in electron microscope to understand carbon fibres in dynamic electrochemical and mechanical processes. You must learn to use various advanced microscopy and microanalysis techniques, build the in-situ platform, and perform experiments in the platform. The student is also expected to develop his/her own scientific concepts and communicate the results of the research verbally and in writing (in English).

Apart from the scientific objective, the PhD student is expected to take part in teaching activities of maximum 20 % each year.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to 4 years. An extension of up to one year, for teaching, may be possible.

We seek a highly motivated and self-propelled person, who has a Master’s level degree in Materials Science, Engineering Physics or other relevant field.

You are able to work both independently and as part of a big team. Previous experience with batteries, and/or electron microscopy is an advantage.

You are fluent in oral and written English. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190035 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 10 March, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Fang Liu, Materials and Manufacture, 0046 31 772 6786


Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!


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Post expires on Sunday March 10th, 2019