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Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 12,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.
As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering (SOE) emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with a focus on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.
At the Institute of Computational Physics (ICP),a team of physicists, mathematicians and engineers works on applying methods and results from basic research to problem areas in industry. Within the Research Group Electrochemical Cells & Energy Systems we are looking for a highly motivated candidate as:

Research Assistant / Doctoral Researcher for modelling and simulation of H2Br2 redox-flow batteries (RFBs)

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop a mathematical description of the transport and reaction processes of a H2Br2 redox-flow battery
  • Study of membrane transport properties and of the material properties of porous layers used in RFBs
  • Developing a numerical model of a RFB that is suitable to predict the influence of transport and reaction processes on the battery performance
  • Experimental data needs to be analysed and compared to numerical simulation results
  • Work out design recommendations for H2Br2 RFBs of an industrial project partner

For a successful application you need a Master’s degree in Mathematics, Physics or Engineering and first research experience. Mathematical skills are important, for example, in the field of partial differential equations and numerical modeling. Experience in multiphysics modeling and simulation are helpful. Interest in energy conversion and storage devices like electrochemical cells is expected.
The recruited researcher will have the opportunity to work as part of an international, interdisciplinary team of 15 postgraduates, based at universities and industrial firms throughout Europe. She/he will gain a unique skill-set comprising electrochemistry, material science and cell design/ engineering, as well as an overview of different RFB technologies and their implementation at prototype level. She/he is expected to finish the project with a PhD thesis and to disseminate the results through patents (if applicable), publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences. The position is limited to 36 months.
As the subproject is fully funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network “FlowCamp” the applicant must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies etc) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the past three years.

Do you have any other questions?
For more information regarding the vacancy, please contact Professor Dr. Jürgen Schumacher, Teamleader Electrochemical Cells & Energy Systems, phone: +41 58 934 69 89, e-mail:

Are you interested?
If you would like to apply, please use the online platform to send us your portfolio, Attn. Regina Peil, HR Consultant at Winterthur