PhD opportunity: Multiphysics modeling of cathode materials

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We are searching a PhD researcher in the field of multiphysics modeling of cathode materials. The aim of the project is the development of a single crystal continuum model for cathode materials used in Lithium-ion batteries.

The work will be done in the framework of a Baekeland-mandaat in cooperation with Umicore. Financial support for 6 months is guaranteed to write a competitive proposal and perform preliminary research.

The successful candidate should have

  • a master degree in engineering or physics with a focus on materials science, mechanical engineering, or numerical modeling
  • knowledge in materials science, phase transformation, thermodynamics, and solid mechanics
  • practical experience in programming

and ideally knowledge in one or more of the following fields

  • dislocation theory
  • materials for energy storage
  • numerical methods
  • Fortran, Python/numpy, or Julia
  • electrochemistry

We offer support for writing the proposal and perform preliminary research. In case of a successful proposal (funding rate is
approximately 50%), the PhD candidate has financial support for 4 years and will work on the campus Arenberg of KU Leuven in the Nano- and microstructure design of materials group under supervision of Prof. Nele Moelans and Prof. Martin Diehl in close collaboration with researchers from Umicore.

Interested candidates should contact

in case of questions or directly apply with motivation letter, transcript of records, and CV.

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