Postdoc for Modelling of High Temperature Electrolysis; From Micron-scale Processes to System Perspectives

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a postdoctoral researcher position in mechanical engineering. The funding allows successful candidates to work for 2 years in the first instance. Potential candidates should apply before May 31, 2019.

Do you want to contribute to a sustainable future? At DTU Energy our research is targeting exactly this, and we are looking for new team members.

It is clear to all that the sooner we can stop relying on fossil fuels the better. Cars and small vehicles can be run on batteries and fuel cells. Larger vessels like aircrafts and ships for long distance transport will need higher energy density carriers, and liquid fuels, or highly compressed gaseous fuels, appears to be the best options. Various fuels can be synthesized by electrolysis and down-stream catalytic upgrading processes, but the question of what are the best sustainable alternatives to the fossil fuels we use today remains unanswered?

Hydrocarbon fuels like methanol or methane may be synthesized from biomass, but research shows that fuels obtained from bio-waste (straw, wood chips etc.) might not be sufficient to cover our needs, at least not without supplying additional hydrogen. This hydrogen can be obtained by splitting of steam via electrolysis. Due to scarcity of biomass resources, our research also considers alternatives to hydrocarbons for instance ammonia.

The solid oxide cell (SOC) technology has the potential to become a key technology in the future sustainable energy system – acting both as fuel cells to generate power locally (SOFC) and as electrolysis cells (SOEC) to supply hydrogen (and maybe also nitrogen) to be used for synthesizing fuels for the transport sector.

These questions we address by modelling; both at the system level, describing overall efficiency and process economy of plants and routes for different sustainable fuels, and on the micron-scale by use of multi-physics continuum models describing the processes in the units themselves.

You will be working in a team on these topics. The tasks will however be split according to competences and you will be working with one of the two above topics, primarily.

The main activity will take place at the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage at DTU Ris campus initially and from ultimo 2019 at DTU Lyngby campus, as the department is being united at this campus.

The first topic requires a background in physics, chemistry or mechanical engineering. Knowledge on energy conversion processes, energy system descriptions and techno-economical assessments are further advantageous

For the second topic, some experience in numerical modelling of coupled partial differential equations (PDEs) or experience in simulation of several physical phenomena individually (flow, diffusion, charge transport, heat transport, solid mechanics) are preferred competences. This could be either using CFD or FEM based methods, but competences within phase field modelling or Lattice Boltzmann methods will also be considered in the evaluation.

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The position is for a fixed duration up to 2 years.

The expected starting date is the late summer / autumn of 2019.

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Please submit your online application no later than 31 May 2019 (local time).

Applications must be submitted asone pdf filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attachall your materials in English in one pdf file.

DTU Energy is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity and thermoelectrics. Additional information about the department can be found on

Deadline: May 31, 2019
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