PhD Studentship: Novel Laser Technologies in Lithium ion Battery Manufacturing

University of Warwick - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

Supporting Company: MSolv

Academic Supervisor: Dr. Emma Kendrick

WMG, University of Warwick and MSolv are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an International Engineering Doctorate awarded jointly by the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield.

As a ‘research engineer’ on our International Doctorate programme you will have unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities.  While you will be based at WMG and MSolv, you will also spend time at Cranfield and Exeter Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your company and the global marketplace. 

This opportunity also provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs.


This project is to utilize novel laser technologies which will be developed in conjunction with MSolv to investigate improving the manufacturing processes of lithium ion batteries. In particular the electrode processing aspects will be developed by looking at novel electrode architectures and patterning techniques. In addition to the electrodes the lithium ion cell manufacturing processes will be investigated and novel laser techniques applied.

Business Need and Opportunity

Laser methodologies are not currently widely utilised in the lithium ion electrode and cell manufacturing processes. The application of these techniques will lead to improved energy densities of lithium ion batteries, lower cost and more robust manufacturing methods which leads to longer life time cells.

Entry Requirements


Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in physics, engineering or a related discipline.


  • High levels of innovative thought and lateral thinking
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong computer skills and the ability to learn new software quickly
  • Self-motivated, capable of working with minimal guidance and supervision, and within a team.
  • Enthusiasm for the subject

Due to funding regulations this project is open to UK/EU students only.

The Studentship

Qualifying students an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances, paid by the Centre and topped up by a contribution from MSolv. For 2018 this totals approximately £20,000 tax free per annum.

The funding is for four years and will also cover University tuition fees and all course fees as well as a travel allowance to attend courses.


To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

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