Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

16 Early Stage Researcher positions in the MSCA ITN POLYSTORAGE

    ChemistryInstrumental analysis
    ChemistryOrganic chemistry
    PhysicsChemical physics
    TechnologyEnergy technology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/06/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

***IMPORTANT: Application deadlines and start dates vary. Please check out the individual vacancies below for details.***


The European Training Network POLYSTORAGE “Innovative Polymers for Next-Generation Electrochemical Energy Storage” announces 16 positions for Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) with the option of being awarded a doctoral degree. The H2020-funded project will start in November 2019 and is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Training Network (ITN) of the European Commission (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/marie-sklodowska-curie-actions). All positions are limited to a duration of 36 months. Within the program, the young researchers are part of a comprehensive network of European as well as Australian universities and companies right from the beginning. They are offered the possibility to work on real-life technical issues, to act across multiple European countries and organisations, and to present their results at workshops in front of industrial users and Stakeholders.


About POLYSTORAGE (www.polystorage-etn.eu):

The development of advanced storage technologies to enable the integration of sustainable energy sources in the electric grid represents a major challenge for our society. In the last years, lithium-ion batteries attracted great attention and became the most known and widespread battery systems in our society. However, since they contain toxic and/or scarce metals, e.g., cobalt and nickel, as well as flammable solvents, the development of more environmentally friendly and safer battery technologies represents a priority. Additionally, this technology is limited when flexibility, low cost, or even higher energy density are important. POLYSTORAGE will tackle these limitations by developing highly innovative polymer electrolytes and polymer active materials for advanced post-lithium batteries.

Polymers are currently applied in lithium-ion batteries mostly as additives and/or binders. The next generation of energy storage technologies needs new polymer innovations to solve current technological issues. In particular, novel polymer electrolytes, being compatible with advanced electrode materials (e.g., Na, K, Ca, Mg, Li-metal, Na-air) and displaying high ionic conductivity and mechanical stability, as well as innovative redox-active polymers for the use as active materials in emerging polymer-based battery technologies (polymer redox-flow batteries (pRFBs) and hybrid organic batteries) are urgently needed. The new polymers will be optimized for processing in semi-automatic or fully automatic pilot lines and the best performing system will be scaled up and integrated in real cell configurations by an industrial partner.


The main scientific and technical objectives are:

  • Synthesis of innovative polymer architectures with multiple functionalities (ionic/electronic transport, ionic/mechanical properties, and redox performance/high solubility).
  • Investigation of the supramolecular organisation using cutting-edge techniques (high-res 3D imaging, cryo-TEM, cryo-STEM) to enable in-situ characterisation of the materials.
  • Development and integration of significantly improved polymer electrolytes and polymer active materials for advanced battery technologies.
  • Realisation of a semi-industrial redox flow battery system optimized for the new polymer-based chemistry
  • Upscaling of selected polymer electrolyte systems, which will be integrated in lab-scale prototype cells, and basic proof-of-concept engineering of a pilot plant.

The multidisciplinary aspect of POLYSTORAGE is reflected in the high number of research areas within the proposed program including polymer chemistry, ionic liquids, supramolecular self-assembly, polymer physics, advanced characterisation, electrochemistry, energy storage technologies (e.g., Na, K, Mg, Ca, hybrid organic, pRFBs, Na-air), and engineering. The ESRs will benefit from a comprehensive training program featuring inter-sectorial and multidisciplinary technical courses, rich transferable skills training and international secondments with a strong focus on industrial experience. The POLYSTORAGE researchers will be capable of leading interdisciplinary research activities with a unique expertise. In this context, the POLYSTORAGE training network will serve as a European platform for outstanding doctoral training in the field of innovative polymers for next-generation electrochemical energy storage.


The positions will be hosted at the following institutions:

  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) – 2 PhD positions (ESR 1, ESR 2)
  • University of the Basque Country (Spain) – 1.5 PhD positions (ESR 3, ESR 9*)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) – 1 PhD position (ESR 4)
  • Uppsala University (Sweden) – 2 PhD positions (ESR 5, ESR 6)
  • Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) – 1 PhD position (ESR 7)
  • Politecnico di Torino (Italy) – 1 PhD position (ESR 8)
  • IMDEA Energy (Spain) – 1.5 PhD positions (ESR 9*, ESR 10)
  • LITHOPS S.R.L. (Italy) – 1 PhD position (ESR 11)
  • University of Pau (France) – 1 PhD position (ESR 12)
  • Aalto University (Finland) – 1 PhD position (ESR 13)
  • National Institute of Chemistry (Slovenia) – 1 PhD position (ESR 14)
  • E22 Energy Storage Solutions (Spain) – 1 PhD position (ESR 15)
  • Deakin University (Australia) – 1 PhD position (ESR 17)

*ESR 9 will be a shared employment of the University of the Basque Country (18 months) and IMDEA Energy (18 months).

**ESR17 will be paid by Australian funds.


The POLYSTORAGE consortium is supported by both academic and non-academic partner organisations:

  • Scania CV AB (Sweden)
  • Toyota Motor Europe (Belgium)
  • Evonik Creavis GmbH (Germany)
  • TCI Europe (Belgium)
  • Calix - Europe SARL (France)
  • Chemspeed Technologies AG (Switzerland)
  • NETZSCH Gerätebau GmbH (Germany)
  • University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Solvionic S.A. (France)
  • Repsol S.A. (Spain)
  • Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Japan)
  • Calix Limited (Australia)


Available projects:

Details of each project can be found at www.polystorage-etn.eu. Here you can find a short summary of the 16 ESR positions:


Title: Micelles of redox-active amphiphilic diblock copolymers for water-based polymer redox flow batteries

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) (https://www.uni-jena.de/)

Planned start of employment: 01.05.2020



Title: Solid polymer electrolytes for hybrid organic polymer batteries

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) (https://www.uni-jena.de/)

Planned start of employment: 01.03.2020



Title: Synthesis of naturally inspired redox polymers

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

University of the Basque Country (Spain) (http://www.polymat.eu/)

Planned start of employment: 01.07.2020



Title: Development of hybrid organic batteries with solid polymer electrolytes and redox polymer electrodes

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) (https://www.kit.edu/english/)

Planned start of employment: 01.05.2020



Title: Polymer coatings of ceramic electrolytes and fabrication of all-solid-state post-lithium-ion batteries

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

Uppsala University (Sweden) (http://www.uu.se/en)

Planned start of employment: 01.03.2020



Title: Synthesis of ABC-type block copolymers for increased mechanical stability and ionic mobility

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

Uppsala University (Sweden) (http://www.uu.se/en)

Planned start of employment: 01.05.2020



Title: Development of redox-active block copolymers featuring good electrical and ionic conductivities as new materials for organic radical cathodes

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) (https://uclouvain.be/)

Planned start of employment: 01.03.2020



Title: Development of advanced all-solid-state polymer electrolytes using innovative rapid and solvent-free procedures

Politecnico di Torino (Italy) (https://www.polito.it/)

Planned start of employment: 01.05.2020



Title: Development of redox-active colloids/suspensions for semi-solid redox flow batteries

Host institutions: University of the Basque Country (Spain) (http://www.polymat.eu/) (01.03.2020 – 31.08.2021);

IMDEA Energy (Spain) (https://www.energy.imdea.org/) (01.09.2021 – 28.02.2023)

PhD enrolment: University of the Basque Country (Spain)

Planned start of employment: 01.07.2020



Title: Development of conjugated porous polymers with enhanced electrochemical properties

Host institution: IMDEA Energy (Spain) (https://www.energy.imdea.org/)

PhD enrolment: University of the Basque Country (Spain) (http://www.polymat.eu/)

Planned start of employment: 01.05.2020



Title: Polymer-electrolyte optimisation and feasibility study on the industrialisation of the production process

Host institution: LITHOPS S.R.L. (Italy) (https://www.faam.com/eng/)

PhD enrolment: Politecnico di Torino (Italy) (https://www.polito.it/)

Planned start of employment: 01.05.2020



Title: Control of the hierarchical self-assembly of ion-containing block-copolymer blends and exploration of the morphology-electrochemical-properties correlation

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

University of Pau (France) (https://www.univ-pau.fr/en/home.html)

Planned start of employment: 01.03.2020


ESR 13

Title: High-resolution morphological characterisation and 3D imaging of self-assembly polymer electrolytes and Copolymer micellisation

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

Aalto University (Finland) (https://www.aalto.fi/en)

Planned start of employment: 01.05.2020



Title: Hybrid organic polymers for post-lithium-ion batteries

Host institution: National Institute of Chemistry (Slovenia) (https://www.ki.si/en/)

PhD enrolment: University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) (https://www.uni-lj.si/eng/)

Planned start of employment: 01.03.2020


ESR 15

Title: Polymer-based redox flow battery system and characterisation

Host institution: E22 Energy Storage Solutions (Spain) (https://energystoragesolutions.com/)

PhD enrolment: University of the Basque Country (Spain) (http://www.polymat.eu/)

Planned start of employment: 01.05.2020


ESR 17

Title: Ionic-liquid polymer electrolytes for sodium-air batteries

Host institution and PhD enrolment:

Deakin University (Australia) (https://www.deakin.edu.au/)

Planned start of employment: 01.03.2020

ESR 17 will be Paid by Australian funds.



  • Salary

The successful candidates will receive a 36-month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country. The approximate monthly living allowance before employer and statutory deductions is: €3,171 (Germany), €3,119 (Spain), €3,982 (Sweden), €3,270 (Belgium), €3,413 (Italy), €3,783 (France), €3,950 (Finland), €2,815 (Slovenia). There is an additional mobility allowance of €600/month, and researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation at the time of recruitment. Please visit the EU MSCA website (https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/) for further information.

  • Optional: Family-friendly working conditions

Female applicants and applicants wishing to return to research after a period of absence are especially encouraged to apply. Local adverts will detail available family-friendly working conditions

  • Supervision

POLYSTORAGE ESRs will benefit from joint supervision, ensuring the successful completion of their individual research projects.

  • Training

In addition to their individual scientific projects, POLYSTORAGE ESRs will collaborate with world-leading research groups and industries within the consortium through secondments. All ESRs will benefit from further extensive and varied continuing education, completing a series of carefully designed training modules and transferable skills courses; they will participate in symposia, workshops, and international conferences and will have meaningful exposure to the industrial environment through POLYSTORAGE industrial partners.

Eligibility criteria

  • At the core of the MSCA-ITNs is researcher mobility. At the time of commencing their POLYSTORAGE employment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their (recruiting) host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not considered.
  • Applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree at the first day of their POLYSTORAGE employment contract. This research experience is measured from the date when they obtain the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. Research experience is measured to the first day of the POLYSTORAGE employment contract of the researcher.
  • Usual MSCA eligibility criteria apply and will be verified during the application process. For more information on MSCA, please see: http://ec.europa.eu/mariecurieactions.

Selection process

Applicants submit the required documents via the application platform at www.polystorage-etn.eu as well as to the responsible supervisor:

  • The requested information include the filled application form (see www.polystorage-etn.eu), a motivation letter, a detailed CV (Europass format preferred), transcripts of bachelor and master degree (including class ranking if possible), and two potential referees. Candidates may apply for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference in the application form. During the registration, applicants will need to prove their eligibility (cf. ESR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency).
  • General guidance for applicants: The ESR positions will also be advertised locally at the respective institutions and local recruitment sites. These local/individual advertisements will have further details including local PhD admission criteria and application deadlines.
  • Among the applications, the supervisor will prepare a short-list of 5 (min. 3).
  • After the deadline interviews will be conducted, when possible face-to-face, if not, through videoconference and the candidates will be ranked by the supervisor.
  • The candidate ranking will be presented to the Recruitment & Gender Equality Committee for the final decision.
  • For transparency, a recruitment report will be edited by the supervisor, detailing the number of candidates (general profile), reasons for not have been selected. The supervisor will inform all the non-successful candidates by mail.
  • Required documents:
    • Application form (can be downloaded from the application platform on www.polystorage-etn.eu)
    • Motivation letter
    • Curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages. Europass C.V. format preferred (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/curriculum-vitae)
    • Transcripts and certifications from university: Bachelor and master degrees, including class ranking if possible
    • Contact data of two potential referees, who may be contacted for a recommendation letter

Additional comments


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860403.

Offer Requirements

    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Map Information

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Uppsala University
1 position(s) available at
Aalto University
1 position(s) available at
E22 Energy Storage Solutions
2 position(s) available at
University of the Basque Country
San Sebastián
1 position(s) available at
Deakin University

EURAXESS offer ID: 470018


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