Research Fellow in Electrochemical Energy Storage



£35,965 to £43,470 The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7, per annum, inclusive of London Allowance

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position to work in the group of Dr Yang Xu in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The appointee will work on battery materials for electrochemical energy storage. The key focus of the research will be new electrode materials with structural defects for potassium-ion batteries.

The successful candidate will be required to carry out materials synthesis, structural analysis and battery testing, specially focusing on the controllable synthesis of defects in materials and the understanding of the role of defects in determining battery performance via in-situ and ex-situ characterisation. We are seeking candidates with a background in electrochemical energy storage, experience in battery research, and a strong interest in battery chemistries beyond lithium, who are self-motivated, able to work independently, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. The candidate will be expected to work in collaboration with current team members in the group and project partners, and present results to interdisciplinary researchers and a public audience.

This position is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and available from 4 January 2021, for a period of 36 months initially.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or relevant subject. Expertise and knowledge in inorganic materials synthesis, battery chemistry and cell analysis are essential. Expertise in in-situ battery characterisation and nanomaterials with structural defects are desirable. They will have a demonstrated commitment to excellent research and exceptional skills in synthetics of inorganic materials. A strong publication track record is desirable. They will be expected to contribute to the supervision and training of postgraduate students as well as resource management.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,479 – £33,194 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Applicants should apply online here.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Yang Xu (

Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James –, as we wish to encourage online applications.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.