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CIC energiGUNE

PhD Thesis Position: Development and optimization of protective layers for high-voltage active materials in solid state batteries

Research Field: Chemistry 
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Job Summary

CIC energiGUNE is seeking for a person interested in pursuing a PhD in solid-state battery-technology focused on the development of protective layers for inorganic solid electrolytes in order to stabilize the interface active material/electrolyte in solid state batteries.

Job Description

The research activity will involve synthesis, structural, physico-chemical and electrochemical characterization of the composite solid electrolytes. The candidate will develop new coatings for high voltage active materials to improve the electrochemical compatibility with the solid electrolyte. In addition, cell integration into lab-cell proof of concept will be carried out in order to perform electrochemical and chemical characterization of solid-solid interfaces under battery operation. The research activities will also involve dissemination of the results in scientific publications, participating in international conferences, patents, etc.

Main functions:
• Performing high-quality research within the scope of the project.
• Reports/papers preparation for submission to peer reviewed journals.
• Presenting results in international conferences.
• Providing guidance to Master’s and visiting students when required.

CIC energiGUNE is a research center specialized in energy, electrochemical energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors), thermal energy solutions and hydrogen, a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance- BRTA, and a strategic initiative of the Basque Government. CIC energiGUNE was created in 2011 to generate excellent knowledge and at the same time useful for the Basque business network, being a reference in knowledge transfer.
CIC energiGUNE has a dynamic research team of more than 150 researchers and is extremely well equipped with a wide range of up-to-date facilities that are fully available for all its researchers. Also, the European Commission has recently (2019) awarded CIC energiGUNE with the ´HR Excellence in Research´ which reflects its commitment to achieving fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures and certifies the existence of a stimulating and favorable work environment for researchers in the institution.
For more details on CIC energiGUNE's research activities please visit our website at

This position is integrated in the IKUR Programme, whose commitment to position the Basque Country as an international science hub through its participation in cutting-edge projects and obtaining results with economic and social impact develops this mission and this prioritisation of areas; the strategy sets out the following objectives: to attract talent, promote the development of cutting-edge infrastructures, position the Basque Country in science at international level and generate a tractor effect on the excellent research carried out in our country.


We are offering a 36-months predoctoral contract that covers the whole period of the thesis elaboration with a competitive salary within the category.

Access to a complete set of cutting-edge infrastructures and laboratory equipment that guaranty a successful thesis and the fulfilment of the objectives in due time.
Candidates will join an integrated, enthusiastic, and multidisciplinary institute making high quality research and impactful contributions to the energy and sustainability fields.

We work with flexible working hours and operate with a hybrid distance/on-site work model.

CIC energiGUNE is located close to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), the capital of the Basque Country. The Basque Country is the region with the highest R&D investment in Spain, with more than 20.000 researchers. The basque research ecosystem comprises a solid and collaborating community composed of universities, technology and cooperative research centers that lead the return per capita in the European H2020 programe.

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All applicants are invited to submit their application a detailed curriculum vitae at this website:

The selection process ends once the candidate is selected.

CIC energiGUNE is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

FP7 / PEOPLE / Marie Curie Actions

Research Framework Programme/
Marie Curie Actions
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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Researcher profile First Stage Researcher (R1)  
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 40  
Company/Institute CIC energiGUNE 
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Álava 
City Vitoria-Gasteiz 

Organization/Institute Contact Data

Organization CIC energiGUNE 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
City Minano 
State/Province ALAVA 
Postal Code 01510 
Street Albert Einstein 48 
Phone + 34 945 297 108 
Mobile Phone  

Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2023-06-01 
Application Deadline 2023-05-31 
How To Apply  

Additional Requirements


? MSc in Physical, Chemical or Materials science.
? Excellent academic record.
? A good level of spoken and written English.
? A team player who can collaborate with other researchers, groups.
? Demonstrated self-motivation and autonomy.

Specific Requirements