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Technical University of Denmark
3 months ago

The Section for Atomic Scale Modelling and Materials at DTU Energy, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is looking for outstanding candidates for a 2-year postdoc position within the field of modelling and experiments on electrolytes for multivalent batteries (e.g., Zn, Al, and Mg). The position is part of the department’s focus on batteries and the section’s core activities on accelerated discovery of battery materials and interfaces. The candidate is expected to work on two projects, one involving metal-air batteries and the other on magnesium batteries as a part of E-MAGIC project funded by the European Union through the H2020.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the simulation group to discover improved electrolytes for metal-air batteries and magnesium batteries. The successful candidate will work on the discovery of the optimal material combinations that yield a significantly improved cyclability, ionic transport and ionic elec. Main duties of the position include:

  • Design of liquid electrolytes though ab initio calculations
  • Electrochemical characterization of the electrolytes
  • Analyzing degradation processes


Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in experimental physics, chemistry, materials science or equivalent.

The core skills for the project are:

  • Experience in assembling and characterizing metal-air batteries
  • Experience in synthesizing and analyzing non-aqueous electrolytes such as ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents
  • Excellent communication skills in English (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of projects
  • Ability to work in a team environment

Moreover, the successful candidate is:

  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic about the research topic
  • Able to work in an organized fashion, document and disseminate scientific results such as writing results in reports and publications
  • Able to work with diverse colleagues with working on theory and experiments

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
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.

The period of employment is 2 years.

The employment is to start 1 May 2021 or soon thereafter.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
If you need further information concerning this position, please contact Project managers, Associate Professor Juan Maria Garcia Lastra at [email protected] and Assistant Professor Jin Hyun Chang at [email protected]

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

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 14 March (Danish time).

Apply online at

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. 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. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by: Professor Tejs Vegge, Assistant Professor Jin Hyun Chang and Associate Professor Juan Maria García Lastra.

DTU Energy
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, polymer solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity, thermoelectrics, sustainable synthetic fuels, and batteries. Additional information about the department can be found on

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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Ab initio (from electronic structure) calculation of complex processes in materials