In order to grow together and to take on the challenges of tomorrow, we are looking for you for our location in Ellwangen

PhD position (f/m/x): Development of next generation of sodium-ion cells and investigation of degradation mechanisms

We are empowering independence.
For our customers through our battery technologies. Our employees benefit from more perspective. As a traditional company, VARTA offers you a secure job in a strong community. And as a technology-leading global brand, VARTA gives you creative freedom in exciting projects and tasks in the future market of innovative energy solutions.

Your tasks

  • Development and characterization of sodium-ion cells utilizing novel materials
  • Preparation and optimization of slurry formulations and electrodes in lab environment
  • Fabrication and electrical/electrochemical evaluation of sodium-ion cells; post-mortem analysis; advanced physicochemical characterization
  • Establishing fundamental understanding of degradation mechanism
  • Evaluation of pre-sodiation approaches
  • Support transfer of lab results to technical environment (R2R)
  • Close collaboration with our (pre-)development teams for next steps in cell development in the field of sodium-ion batteries

    Collaboration requires a commitment to scientific supervision by a university or research institution authorized to award doctorates. The thesis is defined jointly with the supervising professorship.

Your skills

  • Master’s degree in material science, industrial engineering, chemistry, physics, or comparable education profiles
  • High affinity to experimental tasks and willingness to do a deep dive in battery cell chemistry
  • Good communication skills, team–minded, ability to work independently

What we offer

  • We are offering a 3 year employment contract and advantageous professional development opportunities
  • Direct impact in state-of-the-art battery pre-development processes
  • Supervision and support by our development engineers
  • Home-Office Opportunity and flexible working times

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