German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Physicist, Mathematician or similar PhD position: Lattice-Boltzmann-Method for Fuel Cells and Batteries

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Stuttgart and Ulm, Germany

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For our Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in Stuttgart and at the Helmholtz-Institute in Ulm we are looking for a

Physicist, Mathematician or similar
PhD position: Lattice-Boltzmann-Method for Fuel Cells and Batteries

Your mission:
DLR’s Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics conducts research in the field of efficient energy storage systems and next-generation energy conversion technologies. The department of Computational Electrochemistry is developing new theories and simulation tools for batteries and fuel cells. At the interface of fundamentals and application our interdisciplinary team investigates physico-chemical relationships with the aim of further improving electrochemical technologies for electromobility and stationary energy storage. We participate in the Cluster of Excellence POLiS for Post-Lithium Systems and the Graduate School for Electrochemical Energy Storage of CELEST. We offer you access to excellent cutting-edge research, space for your own ideas and contact to national as well as international partners in academia and industry.

A characteristic feature of new batteries and fuel cells are transport and reaction processes in porous materials in which several phases are involved. These complex processes require the development of new models and innovative numerical solution strategies. For the development of advanced simulation tools for PEM fuel cells and post-lithium batteries based on the Lattice-Boltzmann-Method, we are looking for PhD students with a background in physics and mathematics. Your task is the development, implementation and application of physico-chemical models for reactive transport in porous electrodes. The work requires good programming skills and experience in scientific computing. Basic knowledge in electrochemistry is helpful but not mandatory.

Your qualifications:

  • Excellent master degree in physics, mathematics, or similar disciplines
  • Programming experience in C/C++ or Matlab
  • Proficient English language skills
  • Passion for innovative research

Your benefits:
Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

If you have any questions concerning specific aspects of the job, please contact Prof. Dr. Arnulf Latz by calling +49 711 6862-637. Please find further information on this vacancy with the reference number 45314, and details regarding the application procedure, at

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Quote Reference: 45314