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Research Fellow: Li-Ion Batteries

UCL - UCL Chemical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £35,965 to £43,470 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th September 2019
Closes: 16th October 2019
Job Ref: 1825310

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

UCL Chemical Engineering is a world-leading centre for research in electrochemical technology, an appointment is sought for a post-doctoral researcher to develop novel Li-ion battery technologies based on advanced manufacturing routes, and apply diagnostic techniques including X-ray imaging and advanced electrochemical characterisation to understand their modes of operation. 

The key role of the post holder will be to perform leading research to prepare and investigate the  properties of electrode materials for advanced Li-ion batteries and to evaluate.  The position will be based in the Electrochemical Innovation Lab ( ) in the Department of Chemical Engineering on the Bloomsbury campus of UCL.

The post is funded by research grant “Next Generation Electrodes (Nextrode)” that is provided by the Faraday Institution, the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research and skills development.

The overall aim of the Nextrode project is to seize the emergent opportunity in the manufacture of smart electrodes by investigating: (i) the underlying reasons why current Li ion battery electrode performance in practice falls well short of theory, (ii) novel approaches to electrode design that can overcome these restrictions, and (iii) how these designs can be realized at a scale and cost that makes them attractive to industry.

Nextrode  involves close collaboration with leading researchers from the universities of Oxford, Birmingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Warwick and University College London. The university research is supported by a core group of six strategic industrial partners, together with a group of additional industrial supporters.

The post is funded until March 2021 in the first instance, with the expectation of following on funding until September 2023.

This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic and ambitious experimental researcher with interests in batteries, energy materials, materials characterisation and electrochemistry to undertake a research position as part of a leading team of researchers funded by Innovate UK. 

The successful candidate will have significant experience in a research environment. Knowledge of advanced batteries, X-ray imaging and other material characterisation techniques is a strong advantage.

 You should hold (or shortly expect to obtain) a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a closely related discipline. You must be motivated, independent and hard-working with a strong research/technical background in areas relevant to this project: materials and electrode processing, electrochemical methods, materials characterisation. Peer reviewed publications in relevant fields are a requirement.

NOTE: If candidate has not been awarded a PhD they must appointed on grade 6B spine point 24 - 26 (£31,479 - £33,194 per annum) until they show proof of award via certificate from student services or relevant University.

UCL vacancy reference:  1825310      

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof Paul Shearing

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59.

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