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Postdoctoral Researcher on Next-Generation Energy Storage Systems

Develop, characterise, and optimise new materials for high-energy lithium batteries

What you will do

Imec is at the forefront of designing and developing future energy storage technologies to accelerate the transition to electrified road transport. Lithium-ion batteries based on the conversion reaction mechanism may break the energy density barrier of conventional systems exploiting the well-known intercalation chemistry. Despite potentially offering unparalleled energy, the conversion chemistry is currently not fully controlled and shows intrinsic limitations, hindering its widespread implementation in practical systems. As a Researcher on next-generation batteries, you will explore electrode nanostructuring and physical confinement at the nanoscale as viable approaches to improve the performance of conversion materials.In this job, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Support a multidisciplinary team in developing new materials for energy storage and conversion.
  • Perform characterisation and electrochemical testing of new conversion cathodes for lithium batteries.
  • Design experiments together with the Project Leader, perform experiments, and plan research tasks on your own.
  • Deliver research results in line with imec requirements in a timely fashion and of high scientific quality.
  • Discuss scientific results in technical meetings.
  • Provide output in the form of scientific presentations in technical meetings, deliverables, papers on publishable results, participation in conferences, and patents.
  • Contribute creative and innovative ideas to enhance ongoing research programs and initiatives.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a market appropriate salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

  • You have a PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrochemical Engineering, Nanotechnology, or similar fields.
  • Strong understanding of electrochemical principles.
  • Specialized knowledge of materials characterisation techniques (e.g., SEM, TEM, EDS, XPS, TGA, or DSC).
  • Specialized knowledge of electrochemical characterisation techniques (e.g., voltammetry, EIS, galvanostatic cycling, PITT, or GITT).
  • Experience in developing new materials for lithium-ion batteries (preferred).
  • Experience with battery testing (e.g., CC and CC–CV cycling, rate capability testing) (preferred).
  • You are a strong team player, able to work within multidisciplinary project teams.
  • You are able to conceive new ideas, plan research tasks on your own, perform experiments, analyse data, and regularly report progress to the Project Leader.
  • You are a good communicator.

Language

Nederlands - English

Sector

Electronics & Engineering

How can we help?

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We also facilitate collaboration and innovation between companies, knowledge institutes and government within the Leuven Innovation Region, and we are happy to guide any of these stakeholders towards innovation.