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CIC energiGUNE

PhD Thesis Position: Upscaling of layered oxide cathode materials for Na-ion batteries

Research Field: Chemistry 
Sub Research Field:  

Job Summary

CIC energiGUNE is seeking a person interested in pursuing a PhD in sodium-ion cathode material and electrode fabrication, with a focus on developing the scalable synthesis of materials to be optimised chemically, morphologically, and electrochemically for processability and performance.

Job Description

The research activity will involve determining optimal synthesis parameters and their interactions, as well as their effect on the structural, physico-chemical, and electrochemical nature of the produced materials. The candidate will develop routes to control the purity, structure, and microstructure, as well as later investigating additional approaches and treatments to improve parent material performance yet further. In addition, cell integration into proof-of-concept cells will be carried out in order to perform electrochemical and chemical characterization before, during, and after cycling to investigate the key factors affecting performance.

Main functions:
• Performing high-quality research within the scope of the project.
• Preparation of reports and papers for submission to peer reviewed journals.
• Presenting results at international conferences.
• Providing guidance to students when required.

Area: Electrochemical energy storage (EES)
Research group: Cell design and manufacturing


For more details on CIC energiGUNE's research activities please visit our website at


• 3 years predoctoral contract and professional development opportunities.
• Flexible working hours and with on-site work model with the option to eventually telework.
• Full access to cutting-edge laboratory facilities and characterization platforms.
• The incorporation to a top research center in Europe that makes high quality research and impactful contributions to the energy and sustainability fields.
• Professional and personal development: opportunity to attend seminars, international conferences, trainings, etc.
• Integrated, enthusiastic, international and multidisciplinary environment.
• A welcome program that offers help with finding accommodation and addresses other aspects to help you integrate into the local environment (such as free language courses, assistance with the administrative procedures, help with schools for children…).

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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 2024-01-02 
Application Deadline 2023-12-31 
How To Apply  

Required Education Level

Required Education Level 1
Degree Master Degree or equivalent 
Degree Field Chemistry 

Required Languages

Required Languages 1
Language ENGLISH 
Language Level Excellent 

Additional Requirements


Specific Requirements

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