PhD student position (2)


 PhD student position : New approach to development of efficient materials for direct conversion of heat into electricity

Location: Thermoelectric Research Laboratory, AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland  

Leader: Prof. Krzysztof Wojciechowski


Description of the project

Project is carried out within the TEAM-TECH program of the Foundation for Polish Science. The aim of the project is the development of new composite thermoelectric materials and prototypical highly-efficient thermoelectric modules. The project is based on a new paradigm of abandonment of the commonly pursued goal of beating the records of the maximum value of thermoelectric figure of merit parameter ZTmax. Instead, this project concentrates on searching for new paths for development of thermoelectric materials with maximum averaged value of ZTaver over a wide temperature range.

The project will be carried out by the interdisciplinary team consisting of PhD students and postdoc fellows specializing in theoretical calculations of electronic structure, heat transport modeling, base thermoelectric materials synthesis and construction of modules for thermoelectric generators.


Research partners in the project: Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (Dresden, Germany), Institute of Pulsed Power Science of Kumamoto University (Kumamoto, Japan), Department of Physics of Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India).


Profile of candidate

1.         Master degree in physics, chemistry or materials science

2.         Very good English skills

3.         Very good academic record

4.         The ability of independent problem solving

5.         The ability to work in a team

6.         Laboratory experience in synthesis of inorganic compounds


1.         Synthesis of thermoelectric materials

2.         Characterization of thermoelectric properties

3.         Characterization of structural and microstructural properties


Scholarship (up to 3 years): 3 500 to 4 000 PLN per month

Position starts on: 1 October 2017