Open Position for Predoc in Energy Transition project

We offer a position for a predoctoral researcher in the framework of the project “Advanced
coated conductors for superconducting electrical power devices enabling the spread of clean
” funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación as part of the Ecological and Digital
Transformation Programme.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

The project aims to engage talent young students for a Materials Science doctorate in the field
of High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) Materials by investigating the integration of HTS
coated conductors (CC) in clean energy applications by customizing them and adapting them to
the specific technical requirements under real working conditions of the devices (temperature,
magnetic field and injected current).
Two specific customization objectives will be pursued: 1/ To increase the robustness of the
conductors by an improved electro-thermal stabilization using the current flow diverted (CFD)
strategy; and 2/ To enhance the engineering total current of CC to create a new generation of
more compact high field magnets using substrate-less conductors.
The PhD project is addressed towards the physical analysis of the material with special emphasis
in electrical transport characterization at cryogenic temperatures under high-magnetic fields (up
to 16 T), and the mechanical-thermal properties of the tapes which will be evaluated both
experimentally and using finite element simulations.


  • Degree in Materials Science, Nanoscience, or Physics
  • High motivation to experimental research
  • Working aptitudes in a collaborative group
  • High level in written/spoken English
  • Academic grades and research experience will be considered in the evaluation
  • Experience and knowledge on superconductivity, superconducting materials and electron microscopy characterization techniques will be valuable


  • The contract will be full time
  • Duration of 4 years
  • The starting date will be from December 2022

How to apply

The selection process will be continuous until a good candidate is found, but strong effort
will be done to finish it before end of December 2022.
Interested persons should send an email to Joffre Gutiérrez ( attaching:

  • CV
  • Academic grades certificate
  • Letter of motivation
  • Contact details of a reference person

ICMAB is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with

About the Superconducting and Large Scale Nanostructures

The candidate will be integrated in a large group with different background expertise in the field
of HTS materials developing cutting-edge research in the physical understanding of these
materials. The research group is very international and interdisciplinary, with more than 25
years’ experience in HTS superconductivity.
Superconductivity is a macroscopic quantum phenomenon based on the formation of a
condensate at the energy ground state by electron-pairing (Cooper pairs), with outstanding
properties and impact in many applications. Since high temperature superconducting cuprate
materials were discovered 30 years ago, many additional applications were envisaged since
large currents without losses could be expected at liquid nitrogen temperatures and under highmagnetic fields. Nowadays, the international community is able to fabricate HTS tapes for high
current energy efficient applications (high power cables, wind generators, electrical aviation)
and large scale infrastructures (fusion, circular colliders, NMR beyond 1 GHz). Nevertheless, the
integration of CCs into devices usually require further customization of the tapes to fulfil specific
electromagnetic, thermal or mechanical requirements. The study of how to adapt CCs to each
specific functionality is an essential step to develop competitive devices. The ICMAB-SUMAN
group has always been very actively investigating these goals through collaborative projects with
industry or engineering teams. This strategy will be further followed in this research, centred in
the very relevant and specific areas of a demanding electrical power device, such as the Fault
Current Limiter (FCL), but with special emphasis in applications requiring CC coils (such as
generators, motors, compact fusion or SMES). The objective is to adapt CCs to the specific
technical demands under the working conditions of these devices (temperature, magnetic field,
injected current), generate the electromagnetic-thermal-mechanical data, and analyse the
challenges to scale-up the customization processes.


ICMAB is one of the world’s leading Institutes in Materials Science research, located at Campus
UAB, very close to Barcelona. The ICMAB’s main strategic objectives and missions are to make
an impact in the field of new materials for applications in energy, electronics and health through
its research and training and empowering the next generation of scientists.
ICMAB provides facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and most importantly, excellent scientists
and professionals, to assure you a rewarding environment. In the last years, we have grown up
to build up a team devoted to project managing, technology transfer, innovation,
communication, maintenance, technical services and administration, to team up with the
researchers for the advancement of science.
The diversity of our people and the interdisciplinary research fields related to Materials Science
ensures an enriching and inspiring working environment. If you are an enthusiastic and highly
motivated person and would like to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment,
join us!

Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona ICMAB CSIC


Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 801 853 ext 371