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Post-Doc position: Modeling of metal-sulfur batteries

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Duration of contract

up to 2 years


up to German TVöD 14

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"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

DLR's Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics conducts research in the field of efficient energy storage systems and next-generation energy conversion technologies. The department of Computational Electrochemistry is developing new theories and simulation tools for batteries and fuel cells. At the interface of fundamentals and application our interdisciplinary team investigates physico-chemical relationships with the aim of further improving electrochemical technologies for electromobility and stationary energy storage. We participate in the Cluster of Excellence POLiS for Post-Lithium Systems and offer you access to excellent cutting-edge research, space for your own  ideas and contact to national as well as international partners in academia and industry.
Metal-sulfur batteries based on lithium or magnesium offer a particularly high theoretical energy density. In order to exploit this potential, a better understanding of the transport and reaction processes in the pore network is required. Therefore, improved continuum models will be developed and implemented describing the processes from microporous materials to macroporous electrodes. In particular, the Lattice-Boltzmann-method for pore-scale simulations will be further developed.

Your tasks will be:

Develop new mathematical models and methods for metal-sulfur batteries

  • Develop models on electrode scale based on the Lattice-Boltzmann method
  • Implement the models in C/C++ code and perform simulation studies 

Expand the state of knowledge

  • Unravel reaction mechanism and identify performance limiting processes
  • Identify degradation mechanisms and processes relevant for battery safety

Apply your results of basic research to practical research tasks

  • Quantify battery properties regarding energy density, power and safety
  • Identify new ways for battery optimization

Publish your results in scientific journals and on conferences

  • DLR has high benchmarks in publishing high quality research

Your qualifications:

  • Excellent master degree and PhD in natural sciences, e.g. physics, chemistry, mathematics, process engineering
  • Many years of professional experience in electrochemistry, batteries, fuel cells or modeling
  • Profound expertise in the above mentioned fields
  • Profound programming skills in C/C++ or Matlab
  • Passion for innovative research
  • Proficient English language skills
  • Experience in writing scientific publications and presenting these results on national and international conferences
  • Experience in Lattice-Boltzmann simulations
  • Additional knowledge in the modeling of electrochemical processes is advantageous

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Prof. Dr. Arnulf Latz
Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics

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