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Creaternity is an interdisciplinary research initiative to achieve the transition to a sustainable society. Creaternity Graduate School spans over many research subjects at Luleå University of Technology to create a holistic view in order to tackle the sustainability challenges. The Graduate School includes courses and other activities that will provide doctoral students with knowledge and tools to determine how the earth’s resources could be used and reused in the best way.

The subject of Energy Engineering at the Division of Energy Science belongs to the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics. At the subject of Energy Engineering, we work closely with companies/industries in both research and student projects. The research conducted has high international standards, and we collaborate with researchers around the world.

The Division of Energy Science at Luleå University of Technology has an open PhD position in the subject of Energy Engineering. Your research studies will focus on developing next-generation sustainable solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

Energy engineering includes the development of technologies and processes for a sustainable energy supply. The research focuses on bioenergy technologies and energy efficient use in industry and society.

As a PhD student you will work for a doctoral degree as the final goal, according to the goals specified in the Higher Education Ordinance. In parallel with your thesis work, you will also develop your general skills by taking courses as part of research education.

This project is a four-year research project, cooperating with Process Metallurgy at LTU. The overall aim of the project is to develop fully sustainable solid-state lithium-ion batteries by utilizing biomaterials/wastes and creating systematic database to track material and energy flows from the feedstock of biomass/wastes to battery recovery. The work covers design, synthesis, characterization, performance testing and database creating.

Within the PhD research project, we will 1) develop nanoscale SiOx/C anodes with pre-lithiation; 2) develop high-performance cathodes such as LiCoO2/C using recyclable metals; (3) develop solid-state electrolytes with cellulose/lignin and bio-SiO2 as fillers and bio-poly(ionic liquid)s as the solid-state electrolyte scaffolds; 4) test electrochemical performance of the developed batteries; 5) investigate the recovery data of the developed batteries, especially for the Co-contained cathodes; (6) create database to track material and energy flows from raw materials to battery recovery.

In order to be eligible for employment you must have a degree of Master of Science in electrochemistry, material science, energy engineering, chemical engineering, or similar specializations. The candidate should have a good knowledge of the English language and good oral and written proficiency. It is desirable that the candidate has a strong interest in battery development. We value a candidate who likes to work in a team but can also take the initiative on his/her own. We see it as an advantage if the candidate has research experience on batteries and material synthesis.

For further information about a specific subject see:

General curricula for the Board of the faculty of science and technology.

Fulltime fixed-term employment for four years (up to maximum five years). Departmental duties, such as administration and/or lecturing up to 20 % of full time may be added. The lecturing assignments are within the courses given for the MSc program in Sustainable Energy Engineering.

For further information, please contact:Prof. Xiaoyan Ji (LTU), +46-920-49 2837,, Prof. Hesham M. Ahmed (LTU), +46-920-49 1309,,  Prof. Marcus Öhman (LTU), +46-920-49 1977,, Prof. Kentaro Umeki (LTU), +46-920- 49 2484,

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Union representatives: SACO-S Kjell Johansson 0920-49 1529 OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792

We prefer that you apply for this position by clicking on the apply button below. The application should include a CV, personal letter and copies of verified diplomas from high school and universities. Your application, including diplomas, must be written in English or Swedish. Mark your application with the reference number below.

Reference: 236-2021
Application deadline: April 30, 2021