Research Fellow in Energy Materials



The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Dr Yang Xu in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a research project to develop electrode materials for the emerging calcium-ion battery technology. The key focus of the project will be investigating the effect of materials’ crystallinity on calcium-ion mobility in materials.

The postholder will be required to carry out the implementation of this research project, including the design and synthesis of materials, the control and characterisation of their crystallinity, the protocols for electrochemical evaluation, and the mechanistic investigation of electrochemical ion storage.

This position is funded by Leverhulme Trust. The position is for 12 months in the first instance with the possibility of extension.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or a related area. Experience in inorganic materials synthesis, standard characterisation techniques, and electrochemical test and analysis is essential. Experience of working with multivalent ion batteries and in-situ/in-operando characterisation is desirable.

We are seeking candidates with a strong interest in research of beyond-lithium battery chemistries. Candidates should be able to work independently and have excellent written and oral communication skills in English. They will be expected to work closely with existing group members, including offering supervision and support to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

They will also work loosely and liaise with collaborators in other departments and universities.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, the initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6 (salary £31,542 – £33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click here.

Please include a publication list along with CV

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Yang,

Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to

Interview Date: TBC