Research Officer




£34,804 to £40,322 (Grade 8) per annum together with USS pension benefits

Location: Bay Campus, Swansea

Contract: Fixed-term position for 24 months (with opportunity for further extension based on funding)

The project will be developed within the Energy Storage group which is part of the newly created Centre of Excellence ‘CAPTURE’ at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.  CAPTURE (Circular Applications To Utilise and Retain Energy) is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the development of a circular approach to the manufacture and management of energy storage solutions. The research philosophy of the centre is based on a ground-up approach, where  all energy storage components (materials, manufacturing processes and management) are conceptualised , designed, modelled and developed from incept within a circular economy framework , ensuring an optimum use of resources, re-use and recyclability of its components towards a zero-carbon approach.

CAPTURE brings together more than 15 academics creating a strong cross-disciplinary environment and manages a range of research projects funded by national agencies and industry involving the development of novel manufacturing and recycling solutions including supercapacitors, Na/Li-ion, solid state electrolytes and Li-S batteries.

Essential criteria:

  1. A PhD in Engineering/Materials Science/ Physics/Chemistry or equivalent.
  2. Proven experience in energy storage research including coin and pouch cells production and testing
  3. Demonstrated experience in electrochemical characterization of batteries
  4. Ability to demonstrate significant independence of focus and direction in research – determining ’what, why, when and with whom’ to progress work.
  5. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project
  6. Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project.
  7. A commitment to continuous professional development

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience of working collaboratively with industry
  2. Experience in materials characterization (structural and mechanical)
  3. Experience of developing and delivering public engagement activities
  4. Experience of supervising undergraduate or postgraduate student projects

Informal enquiries: Prof. Serena Margadonna ( and Dr. Anji Munnangi (

Closing Date: 11:00pm on Sunday 10th January 2021

Please apply here.