Technology Transfer Fellow – Electrochemical Energy Storage

Location:

Swansea

Salary:

£30,046 to £33,797 per annum together with USS pension benefits (pro rata if part time)


Hours of work: 35 hours per week this is a full time post but if requested this role can be undertaken on a part time basis (between 21 – 34 hours a week)

Contract: Fixed term until 31st March 2023

Location: Swansea University Bay Campus, Swansea

This role involves working as part of Dr Jenny Baker’s team in Electrochemical Storage within the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University to deliver innovations in electrochemical storage manufacture.  The successful applicant will have proven ability in assembly and test of coin cells and strong background in materials characterisation and/or electrochemistry. The role will involve developing novel processing methods for metal ion batteries (both solid and liquid state). This will be facilitated by access to a wide range of coating technologies (training will be available) and a unique bespoke designed near infra-red (NIR) processing system (commissioning March 2021) which can reduce heating times significantly.

We are a friendly, diverse team who are passionate about undertaking world-leading research whilst also reducing the climate impact of our research.

The role will be undertaken within the electrochemical storage team at SPECIFIC https://www.specific.eu.com/ covering fundamental research to building demonstrators.  The team has funding to translate developments in PV manufacturing into the field of electrochemical storage.

Situated within the Materials Research Centre there is good access to a wealth of characterisation equipment including, XPS, UPS, EBSD, SEM, XRD.

Main Duties

  1. Assess new manufacturing methods/materials for sodium ion anodes for both liquid and solid state batteries.
  2. Research the performance of the electrode both directly with cyclic voltammetry or impedance testing and by testing of complete cells.
  3. Work with other members of the team to develop and test prototypes.
  4. Collaborate with circular economy researchers to develop strategies for incorporating electrochemical storage into a circular economy.
  5. Pro-actively contribute to and conduct research, including gather, prepare and analyse data, generate original ideas and present results.
  6. Prepare draft patents and papers describing the results of the research for publication.
  7. Be self-motivated, apply and use their initiative, aiming to determine suitable ways to tackle challenges and seeking guidance when needed
  8. Interact positively and professionally with other collaborators and partners within the College and elsewhere in the University and beyond as appropriate such as in industry/commerce, and academia.
  9. Contribute to College organisational matters in order to help it run smoothly and to help raise its external research profile.

Essential criteria:

  1. A PhD in Chemistry/Materials Science/ Physics/Engineering or equivalent (or be awaiting viva).
  2. Proven experience in energy storage research, in particular coin cell assembling and testing.
  3. Ability to demonstrate significant independence of focus and direction in research – determining ’what, why, when and with whom’ to progress work.
  4. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project
  5. Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project.
  6. A commitment to continuous professional development

Full Job Description here.

Informal enquiries welcomed please email: Jenny Baker –  j.baker@swansea.ac.uk

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