Battery Experimentalist for the BATMAN Project

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Campus: South Kensington, London

The Electrochemical Science and Engineering Group at Imperial College London is looking to employ a battery experimentalist or battery engineer to work as part of a larger consortium on the Advanced BAttery Thermal MANagement (BATMAN) project. The BATMAN project is funded by Innovate UK under the Faraday Challenge and is a collaboration between Imperial College London, Perkins and AVID Technology to develop the next generation of battery packs with significantly improved performance and lifetimes.

The successful candidate will work as part of a large successful research group to develop advanced battery thermal management systems and in-operando diagnostics with a focus on degradation. You will work with our industrial partners to translate those advances into developing state-of-the-art battery packs with advanced reduced order models for adaptive degradation control.

Researchers working on the BATMAN project will be part of the £246M Faraday Challenge and will work alongside the Faraday Institution, which will be one of the biggest coordinated research efforts in batteries in the World.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • You will conduct research into battery thermal management, developing new approaches for testing and evaluating different thermal management strategies and their effect on degradation, and you will also develop in-operando diagnostic techniques to monitor degradation.
  • You will work with systems engineers and design engineers in industry to apply that knowledge in the design of battery packs.
  • You will work with modellers to help them parameterise and validate models.
  • You will work with modellers and control engineers in industry to implement in-operando diagnostic techniques into battery management systems for parameter estimation and advanced adaptive control.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • You will have a degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering, or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.
  • Individuals who do not have a PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level. A PhD degree can be pursued as part of this project.
  • Knowledge of lithium ion batteries is essential.
  • Experience in testing lithium ion batteries is desirable.
  • Knowledge of electrochemical storage devices and experience in testing them is desirable.
  • Experience in design of experimental tests is essential.
  • You will have experience working in a research environment, good practice in research, and preferably you will have co-authored publications in relevant and refereed journals.
  • It will be helpful if you have experience of dealing with industry.

Key information:

This is a fixed term position for up to 36 months.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

More information about the Department and the Electrochemical Science & Engineering group can be found on our webpages.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to gregory.offer@imperial.ac.uk.  Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact:

Miss Helen Stoneham – h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk 

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

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