Research Fellow - Mechanism, Diagnostics and Prevention of Lithium-ion Battery Degradation

University of Southampton - Electrochemistry

We are looking for a highly motivated Research Fellow to work on the development of new approaches to elucidate the mechanism of degradation of lithium-ion batteries, as well as the development of new diagnostic and prevention tools. The project is part of a major consortium involving expertise from several universities (including Cambridge, UCL, Newcastle, Glasgow and Southampton), and the main focus of the work at Southampton will be the characterization of gas evolution from lithium-ion batteries, which is one of the most serious issues in battery degradation as well as an important safety hazard.

Understanding the mechanism of battery degradation is a pre-requisite for the development of reliable diagnostics and prevention tools. Operando mass spectrometry will be used to quantify the gases and volatile products formed during battery operation, and will be combined with a range of electrochemical techniques (including impedance spectroscopy) to identify the electrical signals characteristic of cell gassing. The fundamental characterization will then be used to guide the development of prevention approaches, cell recover treatments and diagnostics, with special focus on the requirements for electric vehicle applications. 

The University of Southampton is ranked in the top 1% of world universities and it is placed in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The department of Chemistry at Southampton was ranked 8th in the UK for research power in REF2014 and 4th in the UK for Chemistry in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014, and offers a full range of world-class facilities (mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, microscopy, battery assembly, etc.) which will be available for the project, with further capabilities provided by our project partners. For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Nuria Garcia-Araez (N.Garcia-Araez@soton.ac.uk).

This post is suitable for chemists or materials scientists with a PhD (awarded or imminent) and a strong background in electrochemistry and/or analytical techniques (preferably, mass spectrometry). The successful candidate will have a good publication record and enjoy working in the lab.

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality. The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. Both the University of Southampton and Chemistry are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Elsa Samwell (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 936417EB on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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