Postdoc position in development of rechargeable iron-based Li-ion batteries

Published: 2022-06-15

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of Chemistry – Ångström conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 250 employees and has a turnover of 250 million SEK. At the department’s six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering programs and master’s programs. More information is available on our website

The Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory has for many years hosted a research environment focused on the development of materials and their applications within the energy storage area: the Ångström Advanced Battery Centre. We develop novel electrode and electrolyte materials, characterize them, evaluate and improve them with respect to battery performance, and study fundamental chemical processes and properties using both experimental and computational techniques. The research is, as such, both fundamental and applied.

Work duties
The primary focus of this research project will be studying and developing environmentally friendly materials for the realization of full iron-based rechargeable Li-ion batteries, with a particular emphasis on the anode material and its interface to enable convenient electrochemical features. Investigation of tailored electrolyte formulations to improve the interface behavior of the active materials in these Fe-based cells will play a central role, especially in determining the stability of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) and overall cycling features under different operation conditions. In-depth characterization and understanding of the structure of the materials, reacting interfaces and their nanostructured nature will be also of crucial importance to assess in detail the electrochemical features and charge storage mechanisms in these advanced iron-based Li-ion batteries.

Requirements
The applicant should have a PhD in Chemistry or Physics or equivalent, and be well acquainted with nanostructured materials and related characterization techniques, preferably with experience in electron microscopy, spectroscopy and complementary analyses. A solid background in electrochemistry and good knowledge of Li-ion batteries are highly recommended. Familiarity with electrode/electrolyte interfaces, study of interphases and surface analysis methods is also a clear advantage. The applicant should be able to develop the research activities in an autonomous, effective and organized way, as well as provide regularly periodical updates on the project in the form of written reports and presentations.

The candidate must have excellent capabilities in both written and oral English.

Application procedure
The application should include a statement of research interest, CV, certificates of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of Master thesis, published article or relevant materials, if available. Also, contact information of at least two reference persons should be included.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of two years according to central collective agreement. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1st of August or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala. 

For further information about the position, please contact: Dr. Mario Valvo, mario.valvo@kemi.uu.se. Please only contact regarding specific questions on the project or the position. Applications sent in through email will not be accepted.

Please submit your application by 5 of July 2022, UFV-PA 2022/2369.

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Deadline: 2022-07-05 at 23:59
Unit: Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory

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Post expires on Tuesday July 5th, 2022