Research Associate – Understanding Ceramic Electrochemical Interfaces for Energy Conversion and Storage



Contract: Full-Time, Fixed Term appointment for up to 12 months

Campus: South Kensington

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to join the Department of Materials. This post is part of an international, collaborative, EPSRC funded project with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) under the JSPS Core-to-Core programme. The lead organisations involved in the collaboration are Imperial College London and The International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) at Kyushu University. The aim of the collaborative research is to investigate the role of interfaces in electrochemical devices and hence optimise their performance. The project associated with this post will be focused on characterisation of surfaces and interfaces by ion and electron beam techniques including Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and Low Energy Ion Scattering (LEIS) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). You will determine the surface and interfacial chemistry using the state-of-the-art equipment available at both sites, to understand atomic-scale processes occurring at the solid/solid and gas/solid interfaces in electrochemical devices, using, amongst others, isotopic exchange techniques. You will also take a leading role in coordination of activities of the project both at Imperial College and with our international collaborators

You will be a conscientious and innovative scientist with a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, materials science, or physics. You will have a strong background in solid state electrochemistry with experience of the preparation and characterisation of oxide materials, from individual materials to complete devices, and practical experience of surface analytical techniques.

Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential.

**Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694- £39,888 per annum.

Closing date: 29th September 2021

For additional information please contact: Professor Stephen Skinner,

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (

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We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.