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Research Associate

University of Leicester - Department of Engineering

Location: Leicester
Salary: £34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2018
Closes: 7th January 2019
Job Ref: 613

Full time, fixed term contract to 30 September 2020

Hours per week: 37.5

Advert closes midnight on: 07 Jan 2019

About the role

In this role you will work on the InnovateUK funded project “FlexiBat: Graphene-enhanced, thin, flexible printed battery for electronic wearable and IoT devices”. The project is part of Cambridge-based Materials Innovation Centre (MatIC) which is a long-term strategic partnership between TWI and the University of Leicester, which focuses on novel materials development, materials characterization, and materials modelling. This is a progressive and exciting post where you will work as part of the project team and will develop a novel single-use battery for electronic wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, based on zinc-carbon chemistry and metal collectors. The focus of the development is on a special protective layer for the metal collectors and electrodes using graphene, which will enable a thinner, more flexible and a higher energy density battery.

The Project will ultimately develop a technology demonstrator prototype of the full battery system and test it in a controlled environment. You will provide high-level support to develop the coatings, materials and corrosion functionalities. One of the main task will involve selection of electrode and electrolyte material, and performance evaluation of batteries.

You will work as part of Dr Shiladitya Paul’s team based in Cambridge UK as part of the Materials Innovation Centre (MatIC). While working on the topics of the grant, it is encouraged to collaborate nationally and internationally as well as with other academics in the Engineering department. You will be expected to interact with, and supervise PhD students undertaking their research at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) and contribute to the research strands of NSIRC so as to meet its mission. Amongst the aims of NSIRC is to develop a critical mass of research informed by the needs of industry, across the field of structural integrity and to develop novel postgraduate programmes to train the next generation of researchers and engineers to support UK science and innovation

About you

With a relevant PhD (or equivalent) you will have demonstrated expertise and research potential in Materials, Corrosion or Engineering. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to initiate, develop and deliver high-quality research with an excellent record of research achievement, underpinned by a record of publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. A key part of this role is to be able to identify areas of research collaboration as including industrial collaborations. Good communications skills are key along with the ability to plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of work. 

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