Research Assistant - Energy Storage And Rheology


Closing date: 06/03/2022

Contract: Fixed term to 30th September 2022.

Location: Singleton and Bay Campus

We are seeking a well-organised and self-motivated applicant for the position of Research assistant in the Faculty of Science and Engineering to contribute to an industrially funded research project on the development of asymmetric supercapacitors.

The overarching aim of the research project is to collaboratively work with the industrial partner to develop competitive technology and manufacturing solutions. The focus will be development of manufacturing of a novel asymmetric supercapacitors, particularly the post holder will be involved in the rheology analysis, printing & coating, manufacturing and testing aspects of the research project, analysing scale up industrial issues. The post holder will work within the Energy Storage Group, which has recently benefitted from a large investment in research infrastructure with the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment for chemical synthesis, characterisation and pouch cell production.

Other responsibilities include pro-actively contributing to and conducting research, including gathering, preparing and analysing data, generating original ideas and presenting results; preparing reports, drafting patents and papers describing the results of the research, both confidential and for publication; interacting positively and professionally with other collaborators and partners within the College and elsewhere in the University and beyond as appropriate such as in industry and academia.

The successful candidate must hold a degree in Engineering/Materials Science/ Physics/Chemistry or equivalent and have a demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project. Experience and expertise in rheological testing as well as evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals are also essential requirements. Experience in electrochemistry characterisation is desirable.

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

We have an under-representation of women in the area of research and would particularly welcome applications from women for this position. We also have an under representation of individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and would encourage applications from these groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.

For further information please contact Prof. Davide Deganello [email protected]  or Dr. Chris Phillips [email protected] 

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