Postdoc Position: Fluid Flow Aspects of Enhanced Electrolysis for Hydrogen Production

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

Postdoc Position: Fluid Flow Aspects of Enhanced Electrolysis for Hydrogen Production

Department/faculty: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 2 years
Salary: €3111 to €4084 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 a 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.

Postdoc Position: Job description

The objective will be to investigate how the overall energy efficiency of water electrolysis for hydrogen production can be improved in an industrially relevant electrolyser configuration by optimising the gas-liquid mass transfer near a solid electrode interface using several innovative approaches. An experimental set-up will be designed, constructed and used to visualise, quantify and optimise these improvements. This strongly multidisciplinary research will benefit from insights from multiphase flow, electrochemistry, process intensification and reactor engineering.

Preferred starting date: 1 December 2017. Apply at your earliest convenience.


You should have a PhD in an engineering or (applied) science discipline and preferably experience in designing and performing experiments. Good communication skills, verbal and written, and a pro-active attitude will be 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.

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, including a (link to a) list of your publications, along with a short letter of application by 1 October 2017 to:
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-44.

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