Doctoral Position in the area of Thermoelectric Generators

Doctoral Position in the area of Thermoelectric Generators

University of Freiburg

Freiburg, Germany

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) is offering a

Doctoral Position in the area of Thermoelectric Generators

Start-date: 01.04.2019

The Cluster of Excellence livMatS develops completely novel, bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. The intention of these purely technical – yet in a behavioral sense quasi-living – materials systems is to meet the demands of humans with regard to pioneering environmental and energy technologies. The societal relevance of autonomous systems and their sustainability will thus play an important role in their development. The research program of livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from a broad range of fields including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, the humanities, and sustainability sciences.

In the livMatS ThermoBatS project, highly efficient, scalable and material-integrated micro-thermoelectric generators (μTEG) will be developed using a combination of polymer foil technology, inorganic nanoscale thermoelectric material and phase change material. This requires an efficient fabrication and/or synthesis procedure for the thermoelectric (TE) material, which will be developed, followed by combining the nanomaterials with different solvents and additives to form printable inks and dispersions for dispenser- or screen-printing. In a similar fashion, printing processes will be developed to add phase change materials (PCMs) as well as electrical contacts to the system. The whole system or parts of it will undergo thermal treatment e.g. uni-axial hot pressing or electro-sintering techniques to ensure optimal contact between individual TE nanoparticles for highest thermal-to-electrical conversion efficiencies. To finalize the project, the μTEG-PCM stacks will be combined with step-up, communication and sensor electronics to be able to supply information or energy to the outside world. The whole system will finally be housed or implemented into flexible sheets to enable a wide variety of possible applications.

The ThermoBatS project poses challenges in the fields of inorganic chemistry and microsystems engineering (including fabrication techniques), which have to be met by one candidate working mostly independently on the topic. Supervision and guidance will be provided by professors from the respective fields, but the applicant will be the link between the different areas. The candidate is therefore required to have a strong background in either chemistry, physics or micro systems engineering. In addition, he or she must have a strong interest in training him- or herself in the other two fields as necessary for the project. The candidate will work on his / her topic in a community lab space in close collaboration with other team members, with similar topics. Therefore, very good written and spoken English skills as well as communication skills and the ability to work in a team are required for this position. Spoken German skills would be preferred, but are not mandatory.

The position is currently limited to 65%, with an option for an additional 35% within the group of Prof. Dr. Peter Woias.

Please hand in:

  • Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific project and how your previous research qualifies you for the project (up to 1,500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (BA and M.Sc certificate / Diploma certificate and transcript)
  • Short summary of your master’s thesis (up to 1,000 words)
  • Work sample (chapter from recent thesis or journal article, up to 5,000 words)
  • Suggestion of two referees with contact details

Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this reason, please submit copies only.
The position is limited to 31.01.2022. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13.
We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send in a complete and convincing application the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000269, by date 28.02.2019 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Dr. Monika Schulz
Freiburger Zentrum für interaktive Werkstoffe und bioinspirierte Technologien (FIT)
Georges-Köhler-Allee 105
D-79110 Freiburg
Kennwort: livMatS

E-Mail (please only one pdf file): AND
For further information, please contact Herr Prof. Dr. Peter Woias on the phone number +49 761 203-7491 or E-Mail

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Quote Reference: 00000269