M-1950 - PHD STUDENT IN REVERSIBLE AND ROBUST FUEL CELLS
Are you passionate about space resources? So are we!
The European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) is a joint initiative of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). ESRIC aims to become an internationally recognized centre of expertise for scientific, technical, business and economic aspects related to the use of space resources for human and robotic exploration, as well as for a future in-space economy.
You‘d like to contribute as a researcher? Join us!
ESRIC is a brand-new initiative with challenging objectives and evolving in a rapidly changing international environment. Being part of this new adventure and contributing to build successful activities with ESRIC’s partners is common to all ESRIC’s positions.
ESRIC is implemented as a department of LIST, with a dedicated governance structure that includes its partners LSA, ESA and LIST. It is conducting activities along four main areas: Research and testing facilities, Business support and incubation, Knowledge management, and Community management.
When it comes to research and testing facilities, ESRIC collaborates closely with the Materials Research and Technology (MRT) department of LIST. The current position will be part of a new ESRIC research unit that is initially embedded in the MRT department to have access to a fully developed research environment.
The primary objective of this new unit is to research, develop and improve the understanding and performance of processes enabling the utilization of space resources with a primary focus on the Moon. Lunar regolith as well as the ice from permanently shadowed regions are abundant sources of hydrogen, oxygen and metals that need to be smartly treated taking into account advanced processing technologies.
How will you contribute?
In the context of the valorisation of space resources, the development of reversible fuel cells (Reversible PEMFCs) requires advances in performance and durability, for which the electrode is the most limiting component. The latter is mostly composed of a random assembly of platinum-based nanoparticles within a network of proton-conducting polymers. It is generally obtained from a slurry after evaporation of the solvent. Currently, research and development aimed at improving electrode performance and reducing manufacturing costs is based on a self-assembly approach. The aim of this project is to obtain a thorough knowledge of the relationships between electrode structure and electrode properties and performance depending upon the quality of water as-extracted or as-refined from the reduction of lunar regolith.
The resulting structural evolution of the electrode will be characterized using Operando's electrochemical, structural and imaging measurements and the candidate will aim to streamline the design of high-performance and extremely reliable electrodes. This project will involve individuals with the complementary skills required for this study.
Is your profile described below? You think you are our future colleague? Apply now!I
- The candidate should hold a Master of Science degree, with proven practical skills in polymers physical-chemistry, nanomaterials and surface science
- Proven hands on experience in electrochemistry and water chemistry
- Good experience with characterization tools using state-of-the art techniques
- Knowledge in fuel cells (protonic and electronic properties)
- Collaborative skills, initiative, result oriented, organization, and capacity to work in an interdisciplinary environment
What ESRIC and LIST can offer
You will join the new ESRIC research unit that is embedded in the MRT department during a first incubation phase. In a second phase, this unit will move to ESRIC while continuing to collaborate scientifically and technically with the MRT department.
ESRIC has an ambitious development plan over the next years, adding further partners and expanding its activities. The team that you will be joining is expected to grow quickly with the possibility to see ESRIC evolve towards a self-standing entity in a few years.
Has this vacancy caught your interest?
To know more about ESRIC activities: www.esric.lu
Your application must include:
- A motivation letter oriented towards the position and your experience
- A scientific CV, which includes contact details
- List of publications (and patents, if applicable)
- Contact of 2 references
Application procedure and conditions:
- LIST is an Equal Opportunity employer and committed to hiring and retaining a diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age or disability.
- Applications will be reviewed on-going until the position is filled.
- An assessment committee will review the applications and candidate selection will rely on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities.
- The main criterion for selection will be the existing skills and expertise of the applicant and matching with the qualifications mentioned above.
PhD additional conditions:
- Supervisor at LIST: Dr Marc MICHEL
- Work location: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux, Luxembourg
- PhD enrolment: University of Luxembourg, Belval, Luxembourg
- Candidates shall be available for starting their position in autumn 2021. Please note the university costs are at the charge of the student.
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