PhD Studentship: Sodium Ion Batteries; Manufacturing Processes for Long Life Time Batteries

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

Supporting Company: Faradion

University of Warwick and Faradion Limited 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 researcher 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. You will be based at The University of Warwick, with visits to Faradion’s facilities (in Sheffield and Oxford), you will also spend time at Exeter and Cranfield 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 career and the global marketplace.

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

Project

This project is a collaborative project between, WMG, Dr Emma Kendrick and partner company Faradion Limited. It will focus upon the design and engineering of high performance electrodes and cells for sodium ion batteries.

The aim of this project is to develop electrodes for high energy density and high power sodium ion batteries. A series of investigations will involve novel design concepts for electrode hierarchy in order to achieve state of the art performance of a sodium ion battery technology. Using Faradion’s cathode and anode materials and technologies, research into the formulation, mixing methodologies and coating parameters and cell designs will be performed.

Business Need and Opportunity

Faradion Limited is a technology developer pioneering the next generation of advanced, low-cost battery materials. These novel materials employ sodium-ion (Na-ion) technology which, when incorporated into batteries, will be virtually indistinguishable from the leading products currently on the market in terms of performance; they will however be available at a fraction of the cost. With its headquarters at the Innovation Centre in Sheffield, Faradion has gathered a team of experts in the battery industry, with an impressive array of skills and experience.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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

Attributes

• 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 Home/EU students only.

The Studentship

The successful candidate receives 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 industry. 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.

Apply

For enquiries please contact e.kendrick@warwick.ac.uk. To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV and send a confirmation e-mail to e.kendrick@warwick.ac.uk.

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Type / Role:

PhD

Location(s):

Midlands of England