PhD Scholarship: Battery Modelling and Simulation

The position is in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The candidate will work in the research group MOBI (Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre). MOBI is a leader in electromobility research and socio-economic evaluations for sustainable mobility and logistics. It has an international and multidisciplinary team of 100 specialists. MOBI currently participates in 27 running EU projects and had 49 industrial research contracts over the past 5 years.

This position will be in MOBI’s Battery Innovation Centre (BIC).  BIC has been involved in Battery characterization, modelling, thermal management research. Recently, BIC has expanded its research to incorporate battery assembly and fabrication processes, in particular, all solid-state batteries.


  • Performing research activities in a newly accepted collaborative EU research project with 19 European Institutions and companies
  • Modelling the interfaces of batteries
  • Modelling of transport mechanism in all solid state and gel-polymer batteries
  • Innovate new solution of existing technical challenges
  • Publish research outcome


  • An academic MSc degree in Physics/Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Material Engineering or relevant discipline
  • Good knowledge of electrochemistry
  • Experience with modelling and simulation
  • Good knowledge on experimental parameter identification techniques
  • Experience on Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations and/or Comsol Multiphysics is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills in English (speaking and writing)
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently while carrying out complex tasks
  • Ability to take initiative
  • A proactive attitude in the projects (s)he is involved

Our offer

  • Competitive salary based on the pay scales laid down by the government
  • Hospitalization cover
  • Free use of public transport for travel to and from work
  • Extensive sporting facilities and a nursery on campus
  • Young, international and challenging work environment at the cutting edge of innovative research

Deadline for application: 01/11/2019

Starting date: As soon as possible

How to apply?

  • Please send the following documents to
  • A brief CV
  • A concise statement of the reason for applying
  • Copy of the highest diploma