Research Associate in Electrochemical Modelling of Lead Acid Batteries

University of Sheffield - Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed term until 30th November 2017.
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is respected internationally for the important contributions it makes in this field. We are a vibrant community of 40 academic staff, 48 research staff, 25 technical staff, 23 administrative staff and over 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Department's teaching is underpinned by research at the leading edge. The world-class laboratories are available to undergraduates and postgraduates. They include the development of advanced electrical machines, power electronics and drives, next-generation communication and radar systems, the design and systems incorporation of novel semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. The Department is organised into three research areas: Electrical Machines and Drives, Semiconductor Materials and Devices, and Communications and Electronics Engineering. It is also home to the UK’s EPSRC National Centre for III-V Technologies. For further information about the Department and each of these research areas go to

This post, funded through the EPSRC ‘First Grant’ scheme, is part of a research theme at the University of Sheffield encompassing many aspects of energy storage. The post-holder will create and experimentally verify a multi-physics model of an electrochemical battery using COMSOL multi-physics, MATLAB and SolidWorks. The model will include a parameterised battery and existing novel measurement apparatus in use at Sheffield. The objective of the model development is twofold. Firstly, to develop an accurate, free and open source battery model which includes all the dominant electro-chemical-thermal effects especially in high charge and discharge applications such as electric vehicles. Secondly, to determine the utility of the non-invasive measuring equipment in the characterisation of batteries. The associate’s model will be applied to at least two batteries of widely different design used for EV traction in hybrid-vehicles to ensure agreement.

Candidates are sought who have extensive experience in using COMSOL multi-physics, with a PhD (or thesis submission) in the an area of electrochemistry, chemical engineering or materials science related to the project goals, or equivalent experience in industry. A publication track record in refereed Journals is essential.

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