Research Fellow (Forensic Analysis of Batteries)




£30,942 to £40,322 per annum

Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 22nd October 2020
Closes: 22nd November 2020
Reference: 1873022

Full time, fixed term position until 31 March 2022.

Project FAB (Forensic Analysis of Batteries) is the second funding round by HVM Catapult within the Energy Innovation Centre at WMG, Warwick University. Li-ion batteries have experienced a continuum of growing energy needs with power and capacity demands now at an all-time high, particularly those needed to power vehicles. High impact safety issues around batteries have also been quite frequent within the media, and so a better understanding of battery failure mechanisms will help us to design and manufacture safer energy storage devices.

The FAB focus will be based in forensic research and diagnostics across multiple scales from the materials to the battery to the device. This will enable a comprehensive understanding of the spectrum of issues that continue to dominate battery performance as we continue to develop new materials and higher energy storage possibilities. This project will strategically target key companies and universities to engage with in collaborative and commercial research.

We are looking for a Research Fellow or Project Engineer for a predominantly laboratory-based role, which will involve the use of chemicals, handling of battery materials and solvents (including N-methyl pyrrolidone), performing diagnostics and characterisation of batteries. (Please note this advert is for the Research Fellow, if you are interested in the Project Engineer role, please apply using the relevant advert.) . Activities will be supported by access to a broad array of materials characterisation equipment: SEM, SIMS, X-Ray Tomography, XRD and other analytical techniques. A key target is growing our industry engagement with companies involved with automotive energy storage (but not exclusively so). This includes investigations for companies wanting to characterise their devices and batteries using cutting-edge forensic techniques, but also to be involved in the development of new in operando approaches to understand real-time failure mechanisms

You will need a good honours degree in a relevant subject, along with a good understanding of the technologies or experience of working in this area. You will also need experience in experimental design, data analysis and interpretation of materials or electrochemical characterisation data. This is an exciting opportunity for a creative, ambitious and flexible person looking to join the growing area of battery development and forensic research into energy storage devices.

In return 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.

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.

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 recognizes 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).

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.