Doctoral Position for Foreign Students

University of Salerno – Department of Industrial Engineering

Topic: Fuel Cells

The International Doctoral School of the University of Salerno (Italy) will open a call for students to be enrolled before the end of the year. For 2017, one of the fellowships will be granted to the area of Industrial Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical and Electronics). A standard Italian Doctoral fellowship of about 1100 Euro per month will be granted to the selected Doctoral Student who will also benefit free tuition fees, free board and lodging. The Doctoral Student will be enrolled for a period of 36 months.

The applicants (either foreigner or Italian) must hold a Master’s degree received from a foreign university. An evaluation process with an interview (to be held via video conference) will be done upon registration via web after the closing of the call (expected by mid/end of August). The deadline for the submission of the application will be available on the University website (

In the domain of Fuel Cells any of the following research topics may be covered:

  • Phenomenological (i.e. fast) modeling of degradation phenomena for prognostics and lifetime forecast (PEM or SOFC).
  • Low order electrochemical modeling for fast simulation within monitoring, control and diagnostics algorithms (PEM or SOFC).
  • Application of EIS for model-based diagnostics of either PEM or SOFC.
  • Experimental analysis to support the development of advanced control and diagnostics for PEM stack and system.
  • Advanced control and diagnostics for the implementation on either stationary or mobile applications (PEM or SOFC).
  • Predictive maintenance of FC systems.

Applicants willing to work on Fuel Cell topics may send their CV, a short presentation describing their experience and a copy of their Master Thesis to:

prof. Cesare Pianese

University of Salerno

eProLab – Energy and Propulsion Laboratory

Dept. of Industrial Engineering

84084 Fisciano (SA) – Italy




The Energy and Propulsion Laboratory of the University of Salerno performs fundamental and applied researches on both SOFC and PEMFC with a strong focus on stack and BoP components. Specific efforts are given to experimental studies and modelling analysis towards the improvement of performance and reliability of all fuel cell components. Control, diagnostics and prognostics are the topics of current interest for both SOFC and PEM used in stationary and transportation applications. The main activity is developed in cooperation with international leading universities, research centres and industries in the framework of EU FP7 and H2020 funded projects (HEALTH-CODE; DIAMOND; INSIGHT).

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