Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Edinburgh - School of Physics and Astronomy

Multiscale tuning of interfaces and surfaces for energy applications (Energy Materials, Experiment)

A postdoctoral position is available for an experimentalist to work in the Soft Matter Physics group within the School of Physics and Astronomy (part of SUPA).

Following a £2M award for an EPSRC-funded Centre for Materials for Energy Technology, we seek an applicant to pursue the following research projects:

  • Developing liquid-liquid, liquid-solid and liquid-air phase-separation technologies to produce novel 3-D architectures for advanced interfaces in energy devices (e.g. batteries and fuel cells);
  • Improving our understanding of rheological behaviour of dense pastes to enhance processing, e.g. better impregnation of novel 3-D architectures with ceramic pastes.

It is likely that the project will involve collaboration with team members at the three partner Universities (St. Andrews, Bath and Birmingham), in particular the group of renowned energy-materials expert Prof. John Irvine where some of the experimental work may be carried out.

For informal enquiries contact: Dr. Job Thijssen, , tel. +44 (0)131 650 5274.

The ideal candidate would have a PhD in soft-matter science/engineering or an allied discipline. A range of techniques are available at Edinburgh and St. Andrews Universities including confocal and electron microscopy, X-ray CT, rheology, rheo-imaging and electrochemical characterization. Hands-on experience of i) studying the rheology of dense suspension and ii) working with interfacial materials would be a distinct advantage.

This post is full time and fixed term for 3 years, with the possibility of extension. The post is available from January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing Date: Thursday 22nd December 2016 at 5pm (GMT)

Vacancy Ref: 038063

For further particulars and to apply for this post please click on the 'apply' button below

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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