Battery Experimentalist for the THT 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 THT (Thermal Hazard Technology) project. The THT project is funded by Innovate UK under the Faraday Challenge and is a collaboration between Imperial College London, and Thermal Hazard Technology to conduct a feasibility study on the use of advanced thermal management technologies for battery testing.

The successful candidate will work as part of a large successful research group to develop advanced battery thermal management systems for the testing of lithium ion batteries. You will work with our industrial partner to translate those advances into state-of-the-art battery testing equipment.

Researchers working on the THT 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.

The successful candidate will work very closely with a candidate with complementary skills at THT, and we would encourage all applicants to apply for the position with THT at the same time. For the candidate employed by Imperial there will be an option to explore employment opportunities with THT at the end of the project, subject to satisfactory conduct.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • You will conduct research into battery thermal management, developing new approaches for testing and evaluating different thermal management strategies.
  • You will work with systems, control and design engineers in industry to apply that knowledge in the design of battery testing equipment.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • You will have a PhD or Masters Degree in Physical Sciences, or Engineering, or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.
  • You will have a good understanding of heat transfer and fluid dynamics and experience of designing thermal management systems and the design of experimental test rigs.
  • You will have experience working in a research environment and good practice in research.

We are looking for a combination of skills across the project, we do not expect candidates to necessarily have all of the following knowledge or experience, but one or two of the following would be helpful:

  • A knowledge of lithium ion batteries and experience in testing lithium ion batteries would be helpful.
  • A knowledge of modelling of heat transfer and/or modelling of lithium ion batteries would be desirable.
  • A knowledge of electrical engineering and/or control engineering would be helpful.
  • A knowledge of coding and programming micro controllers would be helpful.
  • Experience of publication in relevant and refereed journals would be helpful.
  • Experience of working in or with industry would be helpful.

Key information:
This is a fixed term position for up to 12 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 at h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk.

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