PhD Student

Last application date
May 01, 2020 23:59
WE04 - Department of Solid State Sciences
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
a master of science degree in (engineering) physics, chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science (engineering)
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Energy storage is more and more becoming an important challenge in our modern day society. Switching to renewable energy sources necessitates the need for high capacity off-grid energy storage, our day-to-day dependence on mobile technology demands light batteries with long cycle lives, and advances in microelectronics (whether or not for biomedical applications) require safe and dependable microbatteries. Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) form the spearhead of this technology because it is at the high end of the power-/energy-density trade-off, making it the rechargeable battery of choice for future applications.

Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is an unparalleled nanoscale thin film deposition and surface functionalization method for nanotechnology applications. ALD offers atomic level thickness and compositional control as well as conformal coating of complex, 3D shaped surfaces; benefits that make it an attractive method for various applications in Li-ion batteries, ranging from protective coatings for conventional powder-based electrodes, to deposition of electrode or electrolyte layers for 3D all-solid-state thin film batteries.

Job description

The work will be executed in the Conformal Coating of Nanomaterials (COCOON) research group at the Department of Solid State Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium ( Our research on Li-ion battery applications started 8 years ago, and we have strong experience in the design of model systems and electrochemical characterization of materials on a component level. We are well equipped for vacuum-based thin film deposition (ALD, PVD) and have recently established an integrated glovebox infrastructure, enabling thin film deposition, surface characterization and electrochemical measurements all without air exposure. We are looking to expand our team with a PhD student who will use this infrastructure to investigate the potential of protective nanocoatings for improving the performance of Li ion batteries.

Profile of the candidate

The PhD candidate must hold a master of science degree in (engineering) physics, chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science (engineering), and show a strong interest in nanomaterials, electrochemistry and structural analysis. The degree should be obtained before the prospective starting date of September 1st, 2020. The PhD candidate should be fluent in English and have the strong intention to finish a PhD in a 4-year timeframe.

How to apply

You can apply via email to , using the subject line “Application ALD-Batteries PhD”. Please provide a full CV including your academic/education history, experience with experimental work and programming, list of publications where applicable. Please also provide a motivation letter containing research interests, skills, career plans, reasons for applying for this program (1 or 2 pages), and the names of two references with contact details. For applicants from non-English speaking countries, please attach copies of recent English language certificates where available. The deadline for application is May 1st, 2020.