PhD Position in Electrochemical Reactor Modelling, Netherlands

TU Delft University
Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 1 November 2017

PhD Position in Electrochemical Reactor Modelling

Department/faculty: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: 2222 to €2840 per month gross

Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.


Research in the Department of Process and Energy (Faculty 3mE) focuses on process and energy technology in a mechanical engineering context, meaning that a process or energy conversion is part of an apparatus. We envision that in the coming decades a transition from fossil/conventional energy conversion towards full electrification will take place in society. Our objective is to develop processes supporting this transition, by making existing processes more efficient and developing novel green technologies that use electricity as primary energy source to produce heavy transportation fuels and bulk chemicals. Continuum fluids are the common denominator, either as a process material, carrier, or solvent, or as a medium through which a transport, separation or chemical process is carried out.

PhD Position Job description

The large-scale carbon neutral production of ‘solar’ fuels and base chemicals like hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol using only renewable electricity, water, and air will play a pivotal role in the transition towards a sustainable energy system. This can be done in electrochemical cells, similar to electrolysers, fuel cells, and redox flow batteries.

The aim of this PhD project is to establish optimised electrochemical reactor designs for selected processes. This will likely involve a substantial modelling component, including analytical and simplified numerical models as well as computational fluid dynamics and multiphysics models.

Depending on the interest of the candidate a combination with experimental work may be possible. Please get in touch with any questions you may have before applying.


You should have an MSc degree in an engineering or (applied) science discipline and preferably have experience with programming and/or computer modelling. Good communication skills, verbal and written, and a pro-active attitude are essential.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact J. W. (Willem) Haverkort, phone: +31 (0)15-2786651, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a concise CV along with a letter of application by 1 November 2017 to Hilma Bleeker, Applications after the deadline will be considered if the post is still vacant.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-45.

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