Research Fellow – Experimental Electro-Instrusion



£30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792

The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) is recruiting a highly motivated researcher to join a successful research team at the University of Birmingham.

BCES is a cross-campus centre with its hub in the School of Chemical Engineering. It is part of the Birmingham Energy Institute with activities covering both fundamental and applied research in novel materials, devices and systems of thermal and chemical energy conversion and storage, multiscale modelling, process scale-up and materials manufacturing (

This post is funded by a recently awarded €3.6 million EU Horizon 2020 project with project consortium consisting of CIC EnergiGUNE (lead, Spain), The University of Birmingham (UK), Tenneco Monroe Research Innovation (Ermua-Bizkaia division, Spain), the Universitá degli Studi di Ferrara (Italy), the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland), and the National Technical University (Ukraine). The overall aim of the project is to develop a cutting-edge technology that turns mechanical and ambient thermal energy to electricity through the use of triboelectrification during intrusion-extrusion processes of a non-wetting liquid in a nano-porous material. The postholder will explore the use of the technology to transform shock absorbers of automobiles into electricity generators. The postholder will work closely with researchers across the project consortium, to design and fabricate a prototype shock-absorber, to integrate the prototype with electrical energy storage system of an electrical vehicle, and to demonstrate the technology through both lab tests and real road trials.

The postholder should have a first degree and PhD (or near to completion) in relevant science/engineering disciplines, with demonstrable prior experiences and track record in areas closely related to the main responsibilities. The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator of complex information and will be able to coordinate his or her own work with others to engage.

Main duties include:

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data


  • A first degree in a relevant science/engineering discipline, and a PhD (or near to completion) or equivalent experience and qualifications in an area related to the main research responsibilities outlined above.
  • A high level of knowledge and hands-on experience in at least one of supercapacitors and batteries
  • Demonstrable hand-on experience in the design and construction of relevant experimental devices and systems
  • A good level of understanding of integration of mechanical, thermal and electrochemical based energy storage devices on electrical vehicles (EV’s)
  • A good level of understanding EV CAN bus control system system and associated electrical components and power electronics

Informal enquiries can be made to Lada Zimina, email

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please visit our careers website;, please quote Job Ref 97030 in all enquiries.

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