Vacancy No. 08-2019

PhD position in the Cluster of Excellence POLiS: Discrete-Element-Modelling of transport and mechanics in multiphase electrodes

Job description

The Cluster of Excellence “Post Lithium Energy Storage (POLiS)”, devoted to research on post-Li electrochemical energy storage systems, funded by the German Excellence Strategy at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Ulm University, offers a unique research environment. 

On the long-term perspective, alternatives to lithium (Li) based electrochemical energy storage are needed. Typically, the electrodes are multiphase porous material systems which need to be designed such that electronic conductivity, as well as the transport of the shuttle ions are optimized at the same time to provid e high capacity or high power. Discrete-Element-Methods allow for the efficient calculation of transport properties resulting from the collective behavior of granular electrodes.

In this PhD work you will develop Discrete-Element-Methods for the design and optimization of post-Li porous electrodes. The modeling should account for mechanical effects and processing steps. This project is based on previous work on electronic as well as ionic transport properties in granular materials Within POLiS, you will cooperate closely with experimentalists and theoreticians. This includes the definition of the problems to be investigated, import of parameter values, export of simulation results, and exchange on computational methods.

Personal qualification

You hold a very good Master's degree in engineering science, materials science, physics, or technomathematics with an emphasis on computational methods. Knowledge and experience about transport theories is desirable.

Organizational unit

Institute for Applied Materials - Materials and Biomechanics (IAM-WBM)

Starting date

as soon is possible

Contract duration

limited to 3 years

Application up to

May 31, 2019

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Kamlah, phone 0721 608-25860 ( .


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 08-2019.
Personnel support is provided by 

Ms Meinel
phone: +49 721 608-25029,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.