University of Twente

University of Twente

Postdoc position on battery cell design and manufacturing


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The postdoc position will be part of the large national research program NXTGEN HIGHTECH focusing on the development of the next generation of high- tech equipment. The Netherlands is an international frontrunner in ultra- precise high-tech equipment. Yet the continuity of this position is threatened by political interests and growing competition from other continents. The goal of NXTGEN HIGHTECH is to bring the Netherlands back to the top as well as contribute to solutions for major societal challenges. To achieve this, the NXTGEN HIGHTECH program is investing around €1 billion until 2030 and will, in collaboration with 330 partners, boost the Dutch economy. In the next seven years, the six key domains (agrifood, biomedical production technology, energy, composite, laser-satellite communication and semiconductors) will work hard on various smart solutions.

The postdoc position will focus on the cell design, development and advanced testing of future battery generations. As key member of our interdisciplinary team in the Battery Centre Twente, you will collaborate closely with experts from various fields to revolutionize battery technology and drive the transition towards a sustainable energy future. The position will be strongly involved in the building up of dedicated battery manufacturing (battery cell pilot line) and testing infrastructure at the University of Twente.

Key responsibilities:

  • Design and optimize novel battery architectures and material systems
  • Develop advanced battery testing protocols and equipment for performance characterization
  • Investigate and analyze electrochemical behavior, including cycle life, capacity, and impedance
  • Collaborate with materials scientists and engineers to develop next- generation battery materials
  • Contribute to the development of battery management systems for enhanced performance and safety
  • You will be embedded in in the Battery Centre Twente and work closely together with Prof. Sebastian Thiede (Manufacturing Systems) and Prof. Mark Huijben (Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage) but also interacting with many other colleagues.

    Your profile

    We are looking for a highly motivated, positive and hardworking researcher with a PhD degree related to battery design, testing or manufacturing. This should include both fundamental knowledge on underlying technologies and modelling as well as practical skills for designing/selecting and implementing relevant equipment and software. We seek candidates with good team spirit and multidisciplinary curiosity, who like to work in an internationally oriented environment where many cultures meet. Proficiency in English is a requirement.

    Specific qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or a related field but with clear focus on battery technology
  • Research and/or practical experience in battery design, testing or battery cell manufacturing
  • Extensive knowledge of battery materials, electrochemistry, and relevant characterization techniques
  • Proven track record of interdisciplinary collaboration and excellent problem-solving skills
  • International experience and an established network within the battery manufacturing community are highly desirable
  • Our offer

    The UT provides a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high industrial relevance, excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment and a green and lively campus. Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch universities. We offer

  • A postdoc position for 24 months;
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits;
  • Gross salary: ranging from € 3.877 to € 5.090 per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%);
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development;
  • Good secondary conditions, in accordance with the collective labor agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities;
  • A green campus with lots of sports facilities and an international scientific community.
  • Information and application

    Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before May 31.

    Please include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position, a detailed CV (resume), a publication list, contact details of at least 2 referees and a TOEFL or IELTS score to verify sufficient mastering of the English language. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

    For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact (Prof. Mark Huijben, [email protected] )

    About the department

    You will be embedded in the Nanoelectronic Materials NEM department of the faculty of Science and Technology. The NEM department specialises in creating and characterising thin films and designing, modelling and constructing low- dimensional nanomaterials for electronic and optical applications. Furthermore, the Battery Centre Twente is established to strengthen the interaction between the researchers and to initiate new research programs on regional, national and European levels. We are member of the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) and actively involved in the BATT4EU Partnership towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain.

    Energy storage and advanced manufacturing are strategic directions of the Eastern Netherlands region and actively strengthened, also across the border to the Nord-Rhein-Westfalen region in Germany. In the strategic partnership between the University of Twente and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Munster battery research is an important direction for collaboration. Strong contacts exist between the Battery Centre Twente and the MEET battery institute of WWU as well the IEK-1 Electrochemical Storage department of Forschungszentrum J?lich. Furthermore, direct collaboration exist between Fraunhofer Forschungsfertigung Batteriezelle (FFB Munster) and Fraunhofer Innovation Platform at University of Twente.

    About the organisation

    The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

    Want to know more? Huijben, M. (Mark)

    Full Professor, Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage

    Huijben, M. (Mark)

    Full Professor, Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage

    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Mark for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.



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    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer. If applicable, we will sign you up for screening.

    Your Colleagues
  • Thiede, S. (Sebastian)
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  • Rumpel, M. (Matthias)
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  • Elshof, J.E. ten (André)
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    Postdoc position on battery cell design and manufacturing


    University of Twente




    April 30, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 31, 2024

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    Agricultural Science,Biology,Chemistry,Engineering,Physics

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