Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Materials, Structure and Manufacture of Next Generation Batteries



£38,304 to £45,026 including London Weighting Allowance. Grade 6

Campus: Strand

Contact: Dr Ann Huang;

The Vacancy      

Postdoctoral research associate in the materials, structure and manufacture of next generation batteries

The Person

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to develop new materials and innovative manufacturing equipment for making lithium or other next generation batteries. The focus of the research is the fabrication of electrodes and devices with designed and controlled varying microstructure according to the specific application, using state-of-the-art processing, characterisation and performance testing facilities. The post is available immediately for up to nineteen months in the first instance.

The successful candidate will have (by the start date) a doctorate in chemistry, materials science, engineering or relevant science and engineering discipline and be an experimental scientist with experience in synthesis of new electrode and electrolyte materials, processing of materials and components/devices, development of processing equipment, and chemical, structural and electrochemical characterisation. Excellent communication skills, self-motivation and ability to plan and deliver a research project are essential.

The Project

One post is funded by UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant “Novel manufacturing approaches to next generation batteries”, which involves materials synthesis, electrode processing, device fabrication and testing of next generation batteries.  Next generation batteries will be used in mobile electronics and electric vehicle applications.  The research will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the Faraday Institution. Our group is developing new materials and manufacturing approaches for energy storage applications to complement or replace the conventional industrial process which is based on slurry casting. In support of these approaches, the group has state-of-the-art research and characterisation equipment.

Recently re-founded, the Department of Engineering is rapidly expanding into a world-class research and teaching department.

We offer both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, with a distinctive approach, combining both traditional teaching methods with modern, project-based learning, catering for the needs of our students and the industries in which they will work.

As a new department we have invested in new laboratories and maker space at the centre of the Strand campus, with more dedicated labs under development.

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This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 17 months

This is a full-time post.