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Research Assistant/Associate in Continuum-Scale Modelling, for the Development of High Performance Supercapacitors

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £33,380 to £45,547 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th August 2018
Expires: 6th September 2018
Job Ref: ENG00469

Campus: South Kensington, London 

The development of the next generation of hybrid chemistry battery packs and Battery Management Systems is the focus of the Electrochemical Science & Engineering Group. Our aim is to significantly improve the performance and lifetime of electrochemical storage devices, including high energy supercapacitors. Due to the nature of the research, there is a high level of industrial liaison ongoing within this group, making this an ideal opportunity for someone looking to enhance their contacts in this field. 

­The development of continuum-scale models is key in determining the electrochemical, thermal and chemical behaviour of super-capacitators. The models will also need to be experimentally validated, hence although this post is mostly simulation based there is the opportunity for a degree of experimental validation and interpretation of test data. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

You will be:

  • identifying and developing suitable models for supercapacitors
  • assisting other researchers in the designing of experiments to gather data for model parametrisation and validation
  • taking initiatives in planning research, and contributing towards future bids for research funding
  • presenting your work at international conferences, and in high-quality journals.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • You will have a degree in a subject pertinent to the research area; you do not need a PhD to apply for this position, however we also welcome applications from those with a doctorate in physical sciences, engineering or maths.
  • You have experience of working in a research environment, including research methods and statistical procedures,
  • You must be knowledgeable about super-capacitators and have experience of Multiphysics modelling.

Key information: 

This is a fixed term position for up to 30 months.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 - £35,061 per annum.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please visit our website using the provided link for more information about the post and the application process.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see 

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. 

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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