24/01/2018
Science 4 Refugees

PhD in Multiphysics Modeling of Photoelectrochemical Cells for Solar Hydrogen Production


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Zilina
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringSimulation engineering
    PhysicsComputational physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/12/2018 10:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Slovakia › Liptovsky Mikulas
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/11/2018

The Institute of Aurel Stodola (IAS) of the University of Zilina (L.Mikulas, Slovakia) has created a junior research group dedicated to Energy Storage and Renewable Fuels. The activities of the group will be focused on theoretical as well as experimental aspects of the photoelectrochemical water splitting, renewable fuels and Li-ion batteries. The research activities of IAS range from optical telecommunication networks to photovoltaics and renewable energies.

Storing solar energy for periods without sunshine is one of the greatest challenges of contemporary science. One of the options is to integrate the electrolysis of water directly into the solar cell - these cells fall into the category of photoelectrochemical cells. The challenges in this route to obtain renewable hydrogen from the sun lie in the quest for suitable materials with good transport properties, stability in aqueous solution and high efficiency.

This position will focus on both theoretical and experimental aspects of the physical processes in photoelectrodes for oxygen and hydrogen evolution. Mathematical models will be created based on the theoretical understanding of the phenomena and the numerical solution of the models will be implemented in the state-of-the-art multiphysics software. Photoelectrode samples will be prepared and characterized by the applicant at our electrochemical and photovoltaic laboratories. Validation of the model simulations with the available literature and in-house experimental data will shed quantitative insights into competing charge transport mechanism, recombination pathways and role of catalyst and protective layers.

Selection process

Selection will be based on the relevance of candidates’ professional interests and experience, excellence in research achievements.

Required application materials, to be sent by email:

  • Cover letter including a personal statement of research interests
  • Curriculum vitae with the list of publications
  • Names of two referees with the contact information.

Additional comments

The position tenure is 3 years, with possible extension based on performance and funding. The applications are reviewed&notified immediately.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

-basic understanding of multiphysics concepts

-passion for renewable energy

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Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Zilina, Institute of Aurel Stodola
Slovakia
Liptovsky Mikulas
03101
kpt. J.Nálepku 1390

EURAXESS offer ID: 273777