PhD scholarship in Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Materials science, Physics

    PhD scholarship in Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Materials science, Physics

    Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Materials science, Physics – PhD scholarship in Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells, in the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage (DTU Energy) at the Technical University of Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 30, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Chemistry
    – Chemical engineering
    – Materials science
    – Physics
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Energy Conversion and Storage (DTU Energy) 
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateNot mentioned


    • a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.
    • a master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics or similar
    • Be excellent in establishing an overview and take responsibility
    • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks.
    • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.


    Knowledge/experience on the subjects of electrochemical characterization of solid oxide cells, electrode infiltration, and interconnect corrosion is further advantageous.


    In this specific project, which is part of the Next Generation Power2X for Renewable Energy Conversion and Storage funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark, we aim to develop a highly efficient and cost competitive SOEC-based Power2X (P2X) technology to facilitate integration of fluctuating RE into the future energy system and thus provide sustainable solutions for future urban transport and chemical industry. We aim in NEXP2X to develop low cost and high performing SOEC, by lowering the operating temperature with >100C thus allowing for usage of cheap components, leading to a cost reduction by 50%. As a PhD-student you will help us with this by researching how to optimize SOEC cells with regard to microstructure and composition, exploring different electro-catalysts, developing protective coatings for cheap stainless steels, and finally performance and durability testing of your developed SOEC cells. You will be working in a team with experts in electrolysis technologies and energy storage, with industry, and other university departments.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

    Documents Required

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

    About Department of Energy Conversion and Storage

    The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, electromechanical converters, sustainable synthetic fuels, and batteries. The Department, which has more than 200 employees, was founded in 2012. Additional information about the department can be found on


    • The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 
    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.


    Professor Ming Chen
    Tel.: +45 46 77 57 57.

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    PhD scholarship in Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells

    Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday July 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)