Postdoc for Modelling of thermoelectric hybrid solar power design at DTU Energy Conversion



Do you want to help develop innovative and environmentally friendly energy technologies for the future?

DTU Energy Conversion is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity and thermoelectrics. The Department has 250 employees.

Thermoelectric power conversion is a promising technology for waste heat recovery in, e.g., transportation, building and industry. Basically, a thermoelectric device works by converting a temperature difference directly into electricity.

We are seeking a motivated postdoc for the Program for Electrofunctional Materials. The postdoc will focus on selecting and optimizing the use of thermoelectric generators for maximum output power in hybrid solar applications. You will be part of a large project which aims to develop and demonstrate hybrid solar thermoelectric converter system. This will take place at the international front line with a strong links to both technology providers and end-users.

Job description
Your main task will be use of modeling tools, such as finite element calculations, to investigate how to design the optimal thermoelectric generator for a hybrid solar application. This will include focusing both on the design of single thermoelectric generators as well as the overall placement and design of large modules for the hybrid solar application. The tasks will also include modeling e.g. effect of heat loss on thermoelectric performance. Finally, you will use commercially available thermoelectric generators to realize the optimal design and test it in an actual device at the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or similar
  • A strong background in numerical modeling techniques, especially finite element methods. Knowledge of specific modeling tools, such as Comsol is an advantage
  • Preferably experience with design optimization. Be knowledgeable on heat transfer and losses, electrical power generation and thermodynamics
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamical group
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken


We offer

  •     We offer an exciting and challenging job in an international environment.
  •     Good possibilities for professional and personal growth.
  •     A family friendly organisation with flexible working hours.


Salary and terms of employment
The terms of employment will be in accordance with those of the scientific staff at DTU. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. The position is for a fixed duration of 2 years.

The place of work will be the DTU Risø campus near Roskilde.

Further information
Please contact Head of Program Nini Pryds, +45 4677 5752 or Researcher Rasmus Bjørk, +45 4677 5895 for further information.

We must have your online application 1 February 2013 at

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