Postdoctoral Researcher Position to work on "Circular Economy of Batteries"

IMDEA Energy Institute is a María de Maeztu Center of Excellence whose objective is to develop R&D activities in the fields of renewable energies and clean energy technologies by establishing strong links with leading companies in the energy sector. (


These positions are funded by the Spanish State Research Agency of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Unit of Excellence “María de Maeztu” grant with reference number CEX2019-000931-M (2020-2023), awarded in the “Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence” and the “María de Maeztu Units of Excellence” call 2019 of the Spanish State Programme for Knowledge Generation and Scientific and Technological Strengthening of the R&D&I System.


IMDEA Energy is opening a Postdoctoral Researcher Position for the Systems Analysis and Electrochemical Processes Units. We are looking for talented and motivated candidates with strong engineering background. The aim of the research position is to strengthen the research line on New Concepts for Electromobility by investigating the sustainability and circular economy of batteries. The requirements are as follows:

Your Tasks:

  • Simulation and optimization of processes for battery manufacturing and recycling.
  • Techno-economic assessment of battery systems within the circular economy context.
  • Sustainability (including environmental, social and economic aspects) assessment of battery systems with a prospective life-cycle approach.
  • Circular economy modelling for batteries.
  • To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas.
  • Communicate and disseminate research results through high-quality scientific channels including high impact scientific publications, presentation in congresses, etc.
  • Collaboration in writing project proposals to national and international calls related to the topic.
  • Supervision of PhD, Master or undergraduate students.

Your Qualification, Experience and Skills:

  • Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Energy Engineering or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience and solid background in process modelling, simulation and optimization in energy and/or chemical applications.
  • Demonstrated experience and solid background in life cycle assessment methodology and tools, including application to energy systems and circular economy strategies.
  • Experience with battery storage systems is an added value.
  • Proven knowledge of process simulation and life cycle analysis software packages.
  • Good track of indexed scientific publications.
  • Experience in national and international research projects.
  • Accredited oral and written communication skills in English.
Selection Criteria
  • Adequacy of the candidate's training and experience to the requested profile.
  • Quality and impact of scientific publications.
  • Motivation for accomplishing high-quality research.
  • Experience in national and international research projects.
  • Knowledge of English.

Remuneration: Between 35.000€ – 38.000€ per year, depending upon qualification and expertise.

*The contract includes all the benefits of the Spanish Public Health and Social Security System.

Expected Starting Date: During 2021.

Duration of the contract: 2 years.


Fundación IMDEA Energía. Mostoles, Madrid, Spain.


Final decisions will be personally communicated by e-mail to all candidates.