Research Assistant/Associate - Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Degradation Processes in EV Batteries (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Dept's of Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science and Physics

Evolution of the Interface between Conductive Additives and Active Battery Materials

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Applications are invited for up to six experimental Research Assistant/ Research Associate positions available for 12 months within the UK-funded Faraday Institute.

The 'Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Degradation Processes in EV Batteries' project will examine how environmental and internal battery stresses (such as high temperatures, charging and discharging rates) damage electric vehicle (EV) batteries over time. Results will include the optimization of battery materials and cells to extend battery life (and hence EV range), reduce battery costs, and enhance battery safety. Project are available within the following areas (1) Evolution of the interface between conductive additives and active battery materials, (2) In-situ degradation studies of battery electrodes by Transmission Electron Microscopy, (3) In- and Ex-situ studies of battery electrodes by Magnetometry and Electrical transport, (4) In Situ Raman Spectroscopy of Battery Materials and Degradation Mechanisms (5) NMR and surface characterization of surface processes and degradation, (6) Metal oxide deposition for high performance NMC-811.

Candidates will hold a PhD in Chemistry, Physical Sciences or Engineering. In addition to proven experimental skills the candidate should ideally have experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. Experience with materials characterisation and electrochemical measurements is highly desirable, as is experience of in-situ or in-operando characterisation.

The Faraday Institute fast start project on degradation, involves experimental and theoretical researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton, Strathclyde, Warwick Imperial College and UCL. The project is led by Professor Clare Grey, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge and involves research in the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science and Metallurgy, and Physics.

Appointment at Research Associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded). The Research Assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £25,728 - £30,688. The Research Associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £31,604 - £38,833.

Please specify which project you would like to work on in your application.

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Informal enquires may be addressed to the relevant main supervisor, as detailed in the Project Details.

Please quote reference MA14920 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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