Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow Computational Modelling of Damage in Li-ion Batteries


Location: Coventry
Salary: £30,942 to £49,553 per annum. See advert text for details.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 15th November 2019
Closes: 15th December 2019
Reference: 1847593

£30,942 - £40,322 (Research Fellow) or £41,526 - £49,553 (Senior Research Fellow) per annum.

Full time, fixed term contract until 31 December 2022.

WMG is currently seeking one ambitious Senior Research Fellow or Research Fellow to contribute to a research project sponsored by EC H2020 project ‘Ecologically and Economically viable Production and Recycling of Li-ion Batteries’ (ECO2LIB) in the area of Computational Modelling of Damage in Li-ion batteries.

Silicon based lithium-ion batteries (Si-LIBs) are very promising candidates for decentralized storage systems in the area of renewable energy, but still hindered by insufficient lifetime. Therefore, the ECO²LIB consortium (involving both industry and several academic partners across Europe) will use advanced modelling, multi-modal characterizations and testing to precisely describe the degradation mechanisms and use this information to improve Si-LIBs to extend their lifetime up to 20 years. The successful applicant will contribute to the project’s research on multiscale and multiphysics modelling of LIBs. In particular, he/she will develop numerical methods/approaches for predicting chemo-mechanical damage in battery materials and components during battery performance.

To apply for either post, you will:

  • Have a PhD in a relevant field, for example mechanical engineering, computational physics, or applied maths.
  • Experience of researching in relevant fields (for example, computational methods in solid mechanics, coupled chemo-mechanics modelling, computational homogenisation, micromechanical modelling, computational fracture/damage modelling in heterogeneous media).
  • Be an effective team player with capability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Possess effective communication (oral and written) skills.
  • For the Senior Research Fellow role you will need to have significant track record of publishing in top quartile scientific journals, evidence of writing research proposals, and experience in undergraduate/postgraduate teaching and student supervision.

The successful candidate’s responsibilities include:

  • Development of novel numerical methods, constitutive models and micro-to-macro multiscale approaches for Si-LIBs, particularly, related to chemo-mechanics modelling across different battery scales, modelling of damage initiation and propagation for the prediction of safe and robust performance of Si-LIBs.
  • Interaction with the project partners (both from academia and industry).
  • The appointee at SRF level is expected to contribute to:
    • Technical leadership of the project working with other researchers, and postgraduate students.
    • Development of new research proposals, undergraduate/postgraduate teaching and supervision.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942).

In return we will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Lukasz Figiel by email to

Interview date: 7 January 2020.

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.