Researcher Battery Technology

This is your time to make a mark on Next Generation Battery Technologies. Become Researcher Battery Technology at TNO in Eindhoven!

About this position

TNO at Holst Centre works with a range of thin-film technologies, originally developed for display and electronics applications, that have very interesting potential in the fast-growing domain of Energy Storage, either for electrical storage or in hydrogen as storage modality. Devices that are being developed at TNO at Holst Centre include next-generation batteries for electrical storage enabled by high-aspect ratio structures as well as new hydrogen electrolyser components. For these developments, TNO at Holst Centre works closely with the, local and international, ecosystems of start-ups and scale-ups as well as with other TNO departments such as Unit Energy Transition (ET) on the development of these types of functional devices. Thin/thick film process technologies employed to realize new functionalities in these domains include metal sputtering, spatial atomic layer deposition (sALD), (PE)CVD, and nano- and micro-scale structuring of materials via e.g. photolithography and/or replication technology (moulding, nanoimprint). In the domain of thin films batteries, in order to translate performance parameters into process technology and new functional device architectures, we are looking for a junior researcher to strengthen our team and extend our capability in understanding and characterization of batteries to realize integrated devices with improved performance.

What will be your role?

You will join the Thin-Film Electronics team to develop and realize the department’s program and project portfolio in the domain of Energy Storage, leveraging the department’s strengths in thin and thick film process technology and related technologies. Your daily activities will be varied since you will join a multidisciplinary team that executes multiple programs and projects with company partners and European consortia in parallel. Technically, you will research and develop advanced materials and device concepts for next-generation solid-state batteries which combine fast-charging with high-capacity and safe operation. The emphasis will be on understanding and optimizing the battery (electro)chemistry and device performance at materials and cell level, working at the interface of materials science and process technology

Your main activities will be to:

  • Develop and characterize new battery concepts for batteries based on large-area integrated thin film process flows;

  • Support the technical program roadmap and projects in batteries by (i) translating relevant state-of-art research topics into experimental plans and their execution together with the team members, and (ii) writing and execution funded projects in both National and European context;

  • Perform electrical, electrochemical and material characterization to assess and improve performance of half-cells and full-cells;

  • Generate and report results that are either patentable or publishable in internationally renowned journals/conferences;

  • Work in a multidisciplinary, multi-company team, supervising and coaching of team members and students.

What we expect from you
  • PhD in Electrochemistry, Batteries, Materials Science or related research;

  • Several years of experience in research & development settings with an emphasis on device technology, preferably with a proven affinity with thin-film technology;

  • Expertise on solid electrolytes processing is desirable;

  • Pro-active and critical attitude towards analysis of thin-film processes with clear goal in mind;

  • Hands-on and taking responsibility, able to organize (practical) work in an efficient and cooperative way.

What you'll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:

  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.

  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.

  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.

  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.

  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible mobility plan that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel.

  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.

  • Flexible working hours, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.

  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.

  • A good pension scheme.

The selection process

Please apply before the 24th of July, 2023. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

A certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is required before starting a new job at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we'd like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter.