Battery Experimentalist for the CoRuBa 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 CoRuBa project. The CoRuBa project is funded by Innovate UK under the Faraday Challenge and is a collaboration between Imperial College London, and Fergusson’s Advanced Composite Technology Limited working towards developing the next generation material for improved battery management.

The successful candidate will work as part of a large successful research group, and will investigate and test the thermal properties of advanced materials. You will work with our industrial partner to translate those findings into battery pack designs.

Researchers working on the CoRuBa 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, testing and evaluating different the thermal conductivity and heat transfer of new materials.
  • 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 Master’s 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 microcontrollers 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 via 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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