Research Fellow in Battery Modelling


Location: Coventry
Salary: £29,799 to £38,833 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 16th February 2018
Closes: 25th March 2018
Reference: 1715037

Fixed Term Contract for 2 years

This newly created post represents an exciting opportunity to become involved in research on the predictive modelling of Li-ion batteries. Battery technology development is key to the advancement of electric vehicles. Understanding and extending range and lifetime are two key drivers for research in this area. As part of the EPSRC funded Prosperity Partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, you will have the opportunity to join a team at the forefront of vehicle electrification research and, in this project, work in collaboration with the University of Warwick Mathematics Institute (WMI) to develop predictive models for Li-ion batteries.

The successful Research Fellow will work collaboratively across WMG and WMI, in concert with researchers from Jaguar Land Rover to:

  • Develop predictive continuum models for Li-ion battery chemistries to include, electrochemical, thermal, and mechanical phenomena
  • Corroborate results against cycling, duty cycle, and fast charge ageing data sets obtained through other WMG research

There is some flexibility in the areas of specialism sought from the successful candidate. The Department would, however, be particularly interested in the candidate being keen to contribute in the area of battery modelling for future electric vehicles. In particular, you will have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Development and application of electrochemical Li-ion battery models in Matlab or C or Fortran
  • Understanding of Li-ion battery degradation mechanisms
  • Good understanding in numerical methods for solving PDEs

In return, we will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,936). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,799).

For an informal discussion related to Li-ion battery modelling please contact:
WMI: Dr. Florian Theil (Reader).

WMG: Dr. Dhammika Widanalage (Assistant Professor).

Closing date: 25 March 2018

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.