PhD position available to work in the research project Na-Mg hybrid batteries.


Ref. num. MAGNABAT-RA01

Research Assistant - Na-Mg hybrid batteries

IMDEA Materials (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials) is a non-profit, independent research institute, promoted by the Regional Government de Madrid (Spain), to carry out research in Materials Science and Engineering. IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to excellence in research by attracting talent from all over the world and to foster technology transfer to the industrial sector in a truly international environment. More information about the activities of the Institute can be found at:


The appointment is offered jointly by the Electrochemistry and Computational Materials Discovery groups at IMDEA-Materials Institute. Research activities will be focused on the development of fire-safe  Na-Mg hybrid batteries. In particular, our work plan includes fabrication of nanostructured electrode materials capable of simultaneous Na/Mg storage as well as computer-guided design of electrolyte compositions containing fire retardants.


Candidates should hold Masters in Materials Science, Electrochemistry, Physics, Nanotechnology (or related discipline) with excellent academic credentials and a strong commitment to develop an academic career in an international and multidisciplinary environment.

Fluent English (oral and written) is required. No knowledge of Spanish is required (free lessons provided).

Previous experience in nanomaterials synthesis, electrochemical energy storage systems, spectroscopy (Raman, FT-IR, XPS etc.) and microscopy (SEM, TEM etc.) are necessary.

Previous experience in computational chemistry and materials science is welcomed though not necessary. More importantly, it is expected that the successful candidate will write simple computer programs (eg. in Python) during the appointment so his/her previous experience in this area, or a strong motivation to learn, is necessary. 


Full time temporary contract including social security coverage. Salary depending on previous experience and credentials.

Available immediately. The vacancy will be closed as soon as we find the right candidate.