Research Associate in Metal-Air Batteries (Fixed Term)




£32,816 to £40,322

A position exists for a Research Associate to work on the development of metal-air batteries between the Chemistry department and the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) of the University of Cambridge. This work will be devoted to achieving high performing Li/Na oxygen batteries, with special emphasis in electrode and electrolyte characterization and electrochemical tests. The aim of the role is to develop, characterize and evaluate the performance of novel electrodes based on graphene and related materials and compatible electrolytes in Li/Na O2 batteries. Fabrication and characterization of electrodes and battery prototypes will be performed in the CGC dry room and energy lab. Battery testing will be performed post-mortem and in operando conditions to evaluate the performance and degradation of the batteries, with especial emphasis in XRD, SEM, NMR, pressure monitoring and mass spectrometry.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, Nanotechnology, or Applied Physics with a proven track record in electrochemistry, energy storage and nanotechnology, including processing, fabrication,characterization of electrode materials. The ideal candidate should have proven hands-on experience in battery testing and electrode characterization, and understanding of degradation mechanisms and chemical determination. Expertise with in-situ Raman, XRD, SEM, TEM and NMR is needed. Experience with other battery techniques is desirable.

Preference will be given to candidates with proven track record in metal O2 cells and using in situ/operando techniques to study degradation during battery cycling, as demonstrated by publications in major journals. A solid understanding of imaging analysis using Python or Matlab is advantage.
Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations.

The role holder would possess sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to develop research objectives, projects and proposals. The candidate will also have the ability continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development; have experience of managing own workload. The candidate would possess sufficient administrative skills to manage EU project/s including financial management, experience in handing collaborations within EU projects, including reporting and attendance to project meetings.

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge/ Cambridge Graphene Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD.

Research Associate: £32,816 – £40,322

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter, research publication list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Professor Andrea C Ferrari ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Cambridge Graphene Centre Administrator, Anna Gurowska (

Please quote reference NM23803 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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