PhD Stipend in Development and Optimization of Fungal-Quinone Based Redox Flow Battery Aalborg University, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience Denmark



At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a PhD stipend is available within the research programme of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 April 2019 or soon hereafter. The Department consists of five sections of which three are located in Aalborg with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Science, one in Copenhagen on Sustainable Biotechnology and one in Esbjerg on Chemical Engineering. Place of employment for this position is Section of Chemical Engineering in Esbjerg.




In Section of Chemical Engineering a PhD stipend is available with the provisional title “Development and optimization of fungal-quinone based redox flow battery”. The stipend is offered as part of the research project “Fungal Batteries for Storing Sustainable Energy” funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation (Denmark). Close collaboration with other partners will be an integrated part of the project.


As the title implies, the PhD project concerns research in properties of importance for electrochemical active natural quinone electrolytes. This includes electrochemical relevant properties as standard reduction potentials, electron transfer kinetics and diffusion coefficients, and sustainability relevant parameters as solubility, stability and toxicity. Selected quinones will be exposed to performance testing in the battery including voltage and energy capacity, reversibility, repeatability, and longevity. The project also concerns optimization and further development of electrochemical cell design with respect to this novel chemistry, which may include materials (electrodes, membranes), process conditions (flow, temperature) and cell hydrodynamics. An important outcome of the project is testing of this novel energy storage technology on pilot scale.


Applicants must have Master of Science (MSc.) degree in Electrochemistry, Electrochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or similar from an internationally recognized University with a master thesis in one of the following areas: chemical engineering, applied chemistry or electrochemistry.


We are looking for top candidates and expect the candidate to have the following qualifications:

  • Practical experience with experimental research within chemistry and chemical engineering.

  • Practical experience with electrochemistry (preferred).

  • Knowledge on stability and toxicity testing of chemical species (preferred).

  • Good collaboration skills, team spirit and the ability to work independently.

  • An excellent level of both spoken and written English to accommodate scientific communication and dissemination.

We offer the possibility to be part of a strong, dynamic and internationally recognized multi-disciplinary research environment under the headline of chemical engineering. This includes access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, a chance to see your research be brought into practice and freedom to develop your research project within the stated framework.


For further information about scientific aspects of the stipend, please contact Head of Section, Associate Professor Jens Muff (


PhD scholarships are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's Degree. PhD scholarships are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD fellow at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order the progress of the PhD fellow shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.


Admissibility requirements:

The application must include the following documents:

- A letter of motivation.
- A detailed curriculum vitae.
- Documentation of education, such as scanned copy of the Master’s diploma. 
- List of publications, references etc.

Applicants must ensure that all documents are uploaded online before the submission deadline, as additional material cannot be considered. 

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend. 

For further information about the scholarship, salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure, please contact Ms. Ruth Klitte, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:, phone: +45 9940 7993. 

For more information of the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:


The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.   







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