Research Fellow (Aerospace) (103320-1020)




£30,942 to £40,322 per annum

Location: Coventry
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 29th October 2020
Closes: 29th November 2020
Reference: 1873142

Full-time (36.5 hours per week), fixed-term contract until 30 September 2022.

The WMG Energy Storage Group specialises in multidisciplinary research addressing the challenges of sustainable mobility that include the integration of complex electrical systems, energy storage and management and advanced propulsion. The group has an exciting opportunity for a Research Fellow who possess a successful track-record gained through either an industrial or an academic career, in the following areas: energy storage system testing and characterisation, fault identification and prognosis, and collaborative working within multidisciplinary projects with industry and academia. This role would be within the Energy Innovation Centre – one of Europe’s largest battery research centres. This project focuses developing early detection methodology of lithium-ion battery safety critical mechanisms.

It is important that candidate have a strong technical experience of working with batteries and associated testing and characterisation methods, including aggressive and abuse testing. The successful candidate will need to have a good honours degree in a relevant subject, along with a PhD in a relevant discipline and be able to evidence their capability in a subset of the following areas:

  • Understand lithium-ion battery failure mechanisms.
  • Understand lithium-ion battery degradation mechanisms.
  • In-depth knowledge of electro-chemical energy storage characterisation techniques.
  • Understanding of lithium-ion battery hazards under abusive conditions.
  • Data collection and processing techniques, particularly applied to electrochemical energy storage system.
  • Have good experience of FIB-SEM Tomography, X-ray Tomography, XPS, and XRD.

We will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942).

The University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications. However, please note that due to the toxicity of chemicals used within this role, it is not a suitable role for pregnant women or those that are breastfeeding. The University reserves its rights under Schedule 22 of the Equality Act 2010 to ensure the protection of women in relation to pregnancy or maternity.

If you require further information about this position, please contact Dr Anup Barai ( Dr Dhammika Widanalage ( for an informal discussion.

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick’s jobs pages here.