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PhD Researcher - Development of Advanced Functional Materials for Thermochemical Heat Storage

Are you fascinated to develop advanced materials for thermochemical heat storage applications? Do you have expertise and experience on synthesis and characterization of functional materials ? 
We are looking for a 4- year PhD researcher to reinforce our team!

Job description

Thermochemical heat storage system (TCHS) is a promising technology for the efficient utilization of renewable energy all over the year. One of the main challenges of the TCHS is to develop novel thermochemical storage materials (TCMs) based on the salt hydrates with desired thermal and physical  properties and superb cyclic stability. The project will be carried out at Thermal engineering group in collaboration with the Inorganic Materials Science (IMS) group at the Science & Technology department, University of Twente. This role focuses on the development of new formulations of thermochemical materials and fundamental study on their cyclic performance. The position requires an individual with high level of experience and qualifications related to advanced materials, high level analytical capability with proficiency in experiments and an excellent set of skills in the use of relevant analytical equipment.

More in detail, the successful candidate will focus on:

  • State-of-the-art on TCM materials.
  • Formulation and characterization of novel functional materials for TCM applications (storage temperature below 100˚C).
  • Thermophysical and kinetic study of developed advanced materials under charging/discharging cycles.
  • Analysis on reactor and system level and experimental validation.
  • During this exciting cross-disciplinary project, you will acquire unique expertise and outstanding skills through close contact with academic collaborators.

Your profile

  • You hold a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering or similar subjects.
  • A high level of knowledge in advanced materials particularly thermochemical materials and associated physical chemistry (Essential).
  • A background in experimentation, knowledge of materials characterization and thermal energy storage technologies such as DSC-TGA, XRD, XPS and etc.  (Essential).
  • Your writing skills are good - you have written technical reports and/or scientific papers.
  • You have strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently as well in a team.
  • You have excellent communication skills.
  • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written.
  • You have experience in doing multidisciplinary based research.
  • You have an interest in contributing to a high quality, impactful working team with several post docs and PhD candidates.


You are welcome to contact Dr. Mohammad Mehrali or Dr. Mina Shahi for any questions you might have. 

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Please upload your application via the ‘Apply now’ button. Your application must include:
  • A video (2-minute max) describing your scientific interests and why do you want to apply for this position. Please, include a web link for video direct download in your CV document.
  • A motivation letter explaining why this position is the best match for your personal development, career and why you are the best fit for our research group.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Transcripts from your Bachelor and Master degrees.
  • Documentation proving your English proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL score).
The application deadline is August 30th 2020. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.
Please note: you are required to fill in an additional questionnaire before we can process your application, via this link: Questionnaire
A Game-Based assessment will be also part of the selection procedure.

Our offer

We offer you a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • We offer a four-year fulltime PhD position.
  • We provide a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities.
  • You will be part of a dedicated team with which you will collaborate extensively with industry.
  • A starting salary of € 2.395,00 gross per month in the first year and increasing to € 3.061 gross per month in the fourth year.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to accelerate your further professional and personal growth.
  • The University of Twente is situated on a green and lively campus with lots of facilities for sports and other activities.
You first responsibility is to carry out the research, but you are also encouraged to acquire teaching experience. We support you to broaden your knowledge by joining international exchange programs, by participating in national and international conferences and workshops and by visiting industrial companies, research institutes, and universities worldwide.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.
PhD Researcher - Development of Advanced Functional Materials for Thermochemical Heat Storage
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