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PhD fellowship in Chemistry, Physics – Aarhus University, Denmark, 2022

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Chemistry programme. The position is available from May 2022 or later.

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General Info

Position: PhD fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: May 01, 2022
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Chemistry
Graduate School of Natural Sciences
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus N, Denmark

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Qualification Details

The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in Chemistry, physics or a similar subject. Experience with synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials, in particular thermoelectric materials, will be considered beneficial.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Thermoelectric (TE) materials can interconvert heat and electricity, and since large amounts of energy are wasted as heat, TE energy conversion is regarded as a promising means to mitigate climate effects. Importantly, TE energy conversion potentially also can become a game-changing solution in biomedical devices. The human body is a power plant, which constantly produces huge amounts of thermal energy. The problem is that TE energy conversion scales with absolute temperature and with the thermal gradient across the material. It is therefore a strong challenge to develop materials that can work at room temperature with small thermal gradients.

Wearable (e.g. smart watch) or personal medical devices (f.ex. hearing aids, health monitoring devices) are typically powered by batteries. Frequent recharging and replacement of batteries sacrifice the convenience and functionality of these devices. If TE materials potentially can harvest body energy they may provide a foundation for self-powered wearable devices. This not only requires the development of materials that can convert thermal energy at ambient temperature with low gradients, but preferably also materials that are mechanically flexible and biocompatible to allow integration with the human body.

In our group we discovered n-type Mg3(Sb,Bi)2 based materials, which is one of the best performing ambient temperature thermoelectric materials, and in addition it is based on cheap inexpensive elements. I am looking for a materials researcher to synthesize and characterize novel thermoelectric materials with an emphasis on ambient temperature applications. Both bulk materials and thin films are targeted. We have state of the art laboratories for all aspects of thermoelectrics including a strong program at international synchrotron and neutron facilities for structural analysis. In addition to the materials synthesis and characterization, the successful candidate will gain a wealth of knowledge on structural analysis with synchrotron and neutron diffractions during his/her PhD. The PhD student must have a solid background in materials chemistry or materials physics. He/she will become part of a very active research group that has contributed significantly to the field of thermoelectrics during the past two decades.

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Documents Required

 Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any): Please choose AU funds
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: “Thermoelectric materials for ambient temperature energy conversion (Tmatec)”
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

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Application attachments

Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) languages.

As a minimum, all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, and no zip):

  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • One reference (template for references)
  • Transcripts, grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), and diploma(s) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. If the original documents are not in English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) then copies of the original documents as well as a certified English translation must be attached.
  • Project description (½-4 pages). For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When - as here - you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

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  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made.
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSNS Application Guide.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • The project will only be initiated if final funding (from the graduate school/the faculty) is secured.

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Contact details

Applicants seeking further information for this project are invited to contact: Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen,

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