Research Associate in ‘Electrochemistry for Structural Power’

Imperial College London - Department of Chemistry

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Salary: £31,740 - £43,350 per annum

(Maximum starting salary £37,970 per annum)

Imperial College London are part of an EU framework 2020-funded project “SORCERER: Structural power composites for future civil aircraft” starting February 2017. In SORCERER revolutionary lightweight electrical energy storing composite materials for future electric and hybrid-electric aircraft are to be developed. Building on previous research, novel lightweight supercapacitor composites, structural battery and structural energy generating composite materials are to be realised for aeronautical application and demonstrated on the systems level.

As part of this development we want to appoint an electrochemist charged with maximising the energy and power density of these devices, and who is also able to examine other critical factors such as degradation and ability to operate over a wide temperature range. This position will focus on the design and testing of electrochemical supercapacitors/batteries which require a unique structure in order to maintain structural rigidity. Key to this post is core competency in the electrochemistry of energy storage devices, charge transport and storage (double layer and pseudo faradaic) and degradation mechanisms in electrochemical storage devices. Once the optimum structure and composition of these systems is determined you will work with others to implement produce suitable materials and systems.

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in experimental electrochemistry, especially related to batteries and supercapacitors or a closely related discipline. You must also have practical experience within a strong research environment as evidenced by preparation and publication of scientific papers in relevant, high-impact, refereed journals (preferably as first author).

Experience of electrochemical testing of batteries/supercapacitors including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and/or modelling of electrochemical systems and/or development of electrode structures and electrolytes are essential. Knowledge and experience of electrochemical analytical techniques to probe the electrode/electrolyte interface, and deconvolute charge (electrons/ions) transport in porous materials and knowledge of corrosion processes and electrochemical measurements of such are also essential.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. You must also be able to relate well with a wide range of people and to work as part of a team, as well as independently.

Any candidate who has not been yet been awarded their PhD, will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 to £33,370 per annum.

This position is available for a fixed-term of up to 3 years in the first instance, from February 2017

For informal queries, contact Professor Anthony Kucernak by email at:

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2016 238 LP into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, attaching a curriculum vitae, a cover letter and the name and contact details of two referees.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Althea Hartley-Forbes at

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. The Department of Chemistry is also an Athena Gold Swan Award Winner.

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