Postdoc position in Electrolysis Processes – DTU Energy, Denmark

    Postdoc position in Electrolysis Processes - DTU Energy, Denmark

    Postdoc position in Modelling of Multiphysics Electrolysis Processes, at DTU Energy, Technical University of Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 19, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Physics
    – Chemistry
    – Engineering
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDTU Energy
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period2 Years
    Starting dateLate summer / Autumn of 2021


    PhD degree in engineering, physics, chemistry or similar.


    • Experience with description of heat and mass transfer processes.
    • Experience with multi-physics problems and preferably some experience with finite element analysis using e.g. COMSOL or similar
    • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamic group.
    • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    Hydrocarbon fuels like methanol or methane may be synthesized from biomass, but research shows that fuels obtained from bio-waste (straw, wood chips etc.) might not be sufficient to cover our needs, at least not without supplying additional hydrogen. This hydrogen can be obtained by splitting of steam via electrolysis. Due to scarcity of biomass resources, our research also considers alternatives to hydrocarbons for instance ammonia.

    The solid oxide cell (SOC) technology has the potential to become a key technology in the future sustainable energy system – acting both as fuel cells to generate power locally (SOFC) and as electrolysis cells (SOEC) to supply hydrogen (and maybe also nitrogen) to be used for synthesizing fuels for the transport sector.

    We are working on a number of research projects trying to answer, the following questions:

    • How is a fuel cell stack run optimally, using ammonia as a fuel?
    • How can we through design optimization and choice of operating conditions best minimize thermal gradients and thereby thermal stresses in fuel cell stacks?

    These questions we address by modelling on the micron-scale by use of multi-physics continuum models describing the processes in the units themselves. We are thus looking to a post doc to help us with further developing our multi-physical models of SOC stacks, describing the electro-chemical processes and their coupling with heat-, mass-, and charge-transport processes as well as the thermo-mechanical stresses building up during use.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in 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
    • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
    • List of publications
    • 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.


    Senior Researcher Henrik Lund Frandsen
    Phone: +45 93 51 16 18

    Professor Rasmus Bjørk
    Phone: +45 46 77 58 95

    Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described above.

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