Researcher in Innovative SOFC and SOEC stack technology

DTU Energy
Friday 10 Feb 17

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DTU Energy carries out research on advanced fuel cell and electrolysis technologies. Solid oxide fuel and electrolysis cells (SOFC and SOECs, respectively) have several characteristics making them very attractive for the future sustainable energy system. They offer very high efficiency in converting between electrical and chemical energy and the same cell can be utilized both as a fuel cell and for electrolysis. When operating in electrolysis mode, surplus electricity from wind can be used to convert CO2 and steam to CO and Hydrogen, which can be upgraded to gaseous or liquid fuels for the transport sector. In this way, the technology can enable a larger fraction of electricity production from fluctuating sources and enable sustainable transport. To play such a role the technology has to be up-scaled and a reliable multi-cell stack technology and multi-stack-module technology developed. This entails work on several subtasks and components; interconnects and interconnect coatings, sealing solutions, improved cells, and finally contact-layers and assembly strategies ensuring mechanical robustness of the stacks. We work on this from a firm knowledge base in functional materials, their synthesis and characterization supplemented by advanced multi-physics modelling. DTU Energy now wishes to strengthen its competences within the area of SOFC/SOEC stacking.

Responsibilities and tasks
The described stack development efforts are carried out in a team. You will be a key player in this team, carrying out specific component and concept development tasks. A key effort will be on analyses of what limits electrical performance and lifetime. The targeted development tasks will go hand in hand with more fundamental research on the functionality of the materials and the details of the chemical end electrochemical processes taking place in the stacks.  Besides above R&D tasks you will be involved in customer related activities and supervision of master’s and PhD students.

  • PhD degree (or equivalent) and more than two years additional research experience.
  • Significant research experience in the field of SOFC. Documented experience in one or more of the following specific areas will be advantageous;
    o Interconnect materials and high temperature corrosion
    o Synthesis of SOFC relevant materials
    o Electrochemical characterization methods
    o Glass and glass ceramic sealing materials
    o Mechanical properties of ceramics     
  • Excellent abilities to collaborate.
  • Documented publication track record within functional materials and SOFC, i.e. peer-reviewed papers and reviewed proceedings.
  • Fluent oral and written English
In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to
  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels
  • experience in teaching
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of internal and external cooperation

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The post of research scientist is a permanent post as part of which the employee after a period (of maximum 4 years) transfers to a position as senior research scientist provided that the employee is recommended for assessment and is deemed qualified. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

The place of work will be DTU Energy, until 2019 at Campus Risø in Roskilde and hereafter at the Campus in Lyngby.  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from head of section, Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 4677 5725,

You can read more about DTU Energy at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 4 March 2017.
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A Motivated Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.