PhD student in nanostructured materials for energy storage


Ref. num. STEM-BAT_JV_RA01

Research Assistant (PhD student) in Structural battery electrodes

IMDEA Materials Institute is a public research organization founded in 2007 by Madrid’s regional government to carry out research of excellence in Material Science and Engineering by attracting talent from all over world to work in an international and multidisciplinary environment. IMDEA Materials has grown rapidly since its foundation and currently includes more than 120 researchers from 17 nationalities and has become one of the leading research centers in materials in Europe which has received the María de Maeztu seal of excellence from the Spanish government. The research activities have been focused in the areas of materials for transport and materials for energy and the Institute has state-of-the-art facilities for processing, characterization and simulation of advanced materials. More information can be found at


IMDEA Materials seeks a full-time Ph.D. with a priority to candidates with experience and interest in nanostructured materials for energy storage. We are looking for an individual with initiative and motivation to start her/his career in the Multifunctional Nanocomposites Group.

The project is focused on developing new battery electrodes based on composites of active materials and nanostructured carbon nanotube fabrics. The aims are to design novel integration routes, increase understanding of coupled mechanical-electrochemical properties, and apply advanced spectroscopic and X-ray characterization tools to these complex hierarchical structures in order to identify critical structural descriptors for battery performance.

The Ph.D. candidate will acquire hands-on experience with advanced fabrication, characterization and analysis methods associated with new electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage.

Interaction with the group’s worldwide network of  research laboratories and companies will be encouraged.


Candidates should hold a Bachelor/Master in Materials Science, Physics or Chemistry. Experience in characterization of materials for electrochemical energy storage, or related, will be positively evaluated.

Excellent academic records and a strong commitment to develop an academic career in an international and multidisciplinary environment are expected.

Fluent oral and written English is required as this is the official language of the group. No knowledge of Spanish is required (free lessons provided).

Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae (including complete contact information for two references) and a one-page statement of their motivation.


Full-time contract including social security coverage.

Salary depending on previous experience and credentials.

The position will be open until the candidate is selected.

Besides on-the-job technical training, IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to train the Institute’s scientists and staff in “soft” or transversal skills. See the available training here.

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