Research Fellow in Electrochemical Atomic Layer Deposition and Soft Matter Technology

University of Nottingham - Department of Engineering

Applications are invited for a full time postdoctoral research assistant position to work on energy storage devices supported by a Research & Graduate Services (RGS) project. The focus of the project is on the use of electrochemical atomic layer deposition (ECALD) technology for chemical synthesis of electrode materials, the use of soft matter physics for preparation of polymer electrolyte membrane and the use of interface physics and chemistry for regulating the Li+ and electron transportation. The overall aim is to develop high performance, low cost and long life span structural energy storage devices for both domestic and grid scale applications and to understand the underlying physics governing the performance of the devices. The work will include material synthesis, device design and fabrication, experimental system design, construction and measurements. The post will be for 24 months in the first instance.

The post holder will join Centre for Structural Engineering and Informatics (CSEI) Nottingham, a major centre for research in structural engineering, construction materials, engineering design and construction informatics leading to solutions that contribute toward modern, resilient and sustainable societies. Main research areas addressed by the CSEI include multi scale material modelling, biomechanics, advanced composite materials, multifunctional materials and structures, novel structural connections, and so on. CSEI strongly collaborates with groups, centres and institutes within the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Nottingham. International collaboration is established with world-leading institutions in the UK, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Greece, China and Italy. The centre’s research is funded by both national and international funding bodies as well as by industry. Funding bodies include UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Royal Society, Innovate UK and many industry partners.


The post holder is required to have obtained a PhD in one of the material science and soft matter physics. Experience in characterizing microstructure and composition of thin film materials using electron microscopy and diffraction would be desirable. Applicants should also have: experience in laboratory work; the ability to conduct projects and analyse processes; the ability to work autonomously and effectively in a team.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Wen Zhu email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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