FBK

FBK | FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

TRENTO

FBK is a private research institution based in Trento (Italy), operating in different scientific fields and disciplines. As such, it keeps the Autonomous Province of Trento within the mainstream of international research. FBK comprises 12 research centres with activities and production.
The Centre on Sustainable Energy (SE) supports the development of devices and methods for generating, storing, and distributing energy solutions with low environmental impact. It is done from the perspective of energy sustainability, systems and solutions that respect the environment and the quality of life, and solutions with a lower impact on health and environmental pollution levels. The ground for the Centre on “Sustainable Energy” is based on the Decarbonization targets, which will demand more flexibility of the energy system through new gas and power grids and using energy vectors and storage solutions as enablers for the broad penetration of renewables.

FBK

FBK | FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

TRENTO

FBK is a private research institution based in Trento (Italy), operating in different scientific fields and disciplines. As such, it keeps the Autonomous Province of Trento within the mainstream of international research. FBK comprises 12 research centres with activities and production.
The Centre on Sustainable Energy (SE) supports the development of devices and methods for generating, storing, and distributing energy solutions with low environmental impact. It is done from the perspective of energy sustainability, systems and solutions that respect the environment and the quality of life, and solutions with a lower impact on health and environmental pollution levels. The ground for the Centre on “Sustainable Energy” is based on the Decarbonization targets, which will demand more flexibility of the energy system through new gas and power grids and using energy vectors and storage solutions as enablers for the broad penetration of renewables.

Profili ricercati

Technologist for battery testing and prototyping

Numero figure ricercate: 1
Sede di lavoro: Trento, Rovereto
Data di scadenza: 28/05/2024
Full Time

Descrizione della posizione offerta:

SE Center is involved through the Battery and Electrification Technologies (BET) unit in the development of advanced battery technologies, from single cells to large modules and systems. The selected candidate will contribute to projects on the development and testing of functional components/systems of battery technologies, including Redox Flow Batteries (RFBs), Solid State Batteries (SSBs) and Lithium Batteries (LIBs). The activities will focus on: design and optimization of layouts and components for test benches and for battery systems, modeling and prototyping of battery stacks/modules, definition of testing protocols based on standards and safety procedures, testing and validation of cells, modules and battery systems.
In addition, the selected candidate will support the design and commissioning of new laboratory infrastructures of the Center SE that will be located in Rovereto.
The activities of the successful candidate will focus on: 

  • Design new customized test rigs (mainly for redox flow batteries, integrating power electronics, sensors, piping, pumps, heaters/coolers, etc) and supervise their construction;
  • Design and test components for redox flow batteries (bipolar plates, cells, stacks) also supported by 3D modeling tools (CFD, structural FEA);
  • Define test protocols based on test requirements, design of experiment, applicable standards and safety requirements;
  • Plan and perform electrical/electrochemical characterization and tests on cells, stacks/modules or/and battery systems, also producing technical reports;
  • Design, test and validate new energy storage systems focusing in particular on redox flow batteries and hybrid energy storage systems integrating different ESS;
  • Contribute to the selection and techno-economic evaluation of new laboratory equipment;
  • Support the design and commissioning of new laboratory infrastructures in Rovereto at Progetto Manifattura.


Job Requirements

The ideal candidate should have:

  • MSc in Mechatronic, Electrical, Chemical Engineering or other equivalent background;
  • Know-how on batteries or electrochemical systems; 
  • Solid know-how on electrical testing, electrochemical techniques and accelerated tests for batteries based on practical laboratory experience (use of cyclers, potentiostats, climate chambers, etc); 
  • Experience in the design, operation and management of testing equipment and test rigs; 
  • Practical knowledge of 3D CAD (e.g., Solidworks) and CAE tools (e.g., Ansys Workbench, Ansys Fluent);
  • Some knowledge on process design, PFD and P&ID preparation;
  • High affinity for hands-on activities and the ability to identify and solve problems;
  • Data analysis skills (using e.g., python, Origin, etc.);
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English;
  • Teamwork approach, good communication and relational skills. 


Furthermore, the following elements will be positively evaluated:

  • PhD in Engineering, Physics, or other related degrees with specialization on batteries;
  • Experience in battery system design (e.g., for  RFBs or LIBs);
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken Italian.

Employment

  • Type of contract: Fixed Term Contract
  • Working hours: full time 
  • Gross annual salary: from about € 36.200 to € 41.400, depending on the background of the candidate
  • Start date: preferably June/July 2024
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Benefits: flexi-time, company subsidized cafeteria or meal vouchers, internal car park, welcome office support for visa formalities, accommodation etc., supplementary pension and health fund, training courses, public transport, sports facilities, language courses fees. More info at https://www.fbk.eu/en/work-with-us/
  • Workplace: Povo – Rovereto (Italy)


Application

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application by completing the online form (https://jobs.fbk.eu/). Please make sure that your application contains the following attachments (in pdf format):

  • Detailed CV 
  • Motivation Letter

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