PhD researcher in the field of Multiphysics modelling of cathode materials


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PhD researcher in the field of Multiphysics modelling of cathode materials



Job description

What you will be doing

We are looking for a PhD researcher in the field of multiphysics modelling of cathode materials. The aim of the project is the development of a single crystal continuum model for cathode materials used in Lithium-ion batteries.

The work will be done in the framework of a Baekeland-mandaat in cooperation with Umicore. Financial support for 6 months is guaranteed to write a competitive proposal and perform preliminary research.

We offer support for writing the proposal and perform preliminary research. In case of a successful proposal (funding rate is approximately 50%), the PhD candidate has financial support for 4 years and will work on the campus Arenberg of KU Leuven in the Nano- and microstructure design of materials group under supervision of Prof. Nele Moelans and Prof. Martin Diehl.

Further information can be found on the following links:


Martin Diehl: [email protected]

Nele Moelans: [email protected]

Duancheng Ma: [email protected]

Who we are looking for

You have

  • a master degree in engineering or physics with a focus on materials science, mechanical engineering, or numerical modeling
  • knowledge in materials science, phase transformation, thermodynamics, and solid mechanics
  • practical experience in programming

and ideally knowledge in one or more of the following fields:

  • dislocation theory
  • materials for energy storage
  • numerical methods
  • Fortran, Python/Numpy, or Julia
  • Electrochemistry

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

About Corporate Research & Development

Driving progress through research. Providing material solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges and anticipating the needs of our customers requires a high level of investment in research. Umicore’s Group Research capabilities focus on new materials and processes to address the megatrends of resource scarcity and clean mobility. The nature of research and development means that we cannot stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new ideas. Which is where you come in.

What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

If my pioneering research can enhance our recycling technology, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO

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Job date

Wed, 14 Jun 2023 05:03:57 GMT

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