Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lithium Ion Battery and Pack Modelling

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Campus: South Kensington

The Electrochemical Science and Engineering group at Imperial College London is looking to employ a modeller to work within a large consortium. The Electrochemical Science and Engineering group is multi-disciplinary research group spanning across the Mechanical Engineering, Dyson School of Design Engineering, and Earth Science and Engineering. The group currently consists of 9 academic staff, >10 post-doctoral research associates and >20 PhD students. In this role the successful applicant will work with Dr Gregory Offer within Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Billy Wu within the Dyson School of Design Engineering.

The successful candidate will develop physics based lithium-ion battery models with thermal coupling and integrate them into battery pack models to develop new insights into battery pack designs. You will work within a large team to draw new physics into the models to better describe their performance as well as develop better control algorithms. A degree of experimental validation will also be required for the model, however this post is predominantly modelling based.

The project is part of the recently announced >£10M Faraday Institution project on Multi-Scale Modelling of Lithium Ion Batteries. This is a collaboration between 22 academics across 7 Universities in the UK. You will be joining a large team aiming to make substantial and game changing advances in lithium ion battery modelling which will have a significant impact on the automotive and battery industries. Collaboration both nationally and internationally will be encouraged and there is a substantial training budget available.

Duties and Responsibilities

You will be expected to:

  • Develop physics based models of lithium-ion batteries and battery packs.
  • Experimentally parameterise or work with experimentalists to validate the models.
  • Interpret experimental data.
  • Work closely with industry and academic partners.
  • Attend progress and project meetings.
  • Write progress reports and academic papers.
  • Promote the work of the group and the project at external events and academic conferences.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Ideal skills, knowledge and experience include:

  • A PhD in Physical Sciences, or Engineering, or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.
  • Experience with electrochemical devices such as batteries.
  • Experience with modelling techniques.
  • Experience with testing batteries or working with experimentalists.
  • Experience with battery diagnostic techniques.
  • Working in a research environment and good practice in research.
  • Publication in relevant and refereed journals.
  • Working in or with industry.

This is a fixed term position for 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.

Should you have any queries about the role, please contact: Dr Gregory Offer For queries regarding the application process, please contact: Helen Stoneham

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.

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