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Faraday Institution Studentship - Engineering Cathode Particle (in)homogeneity through Secondary Electron Hyperspectral Imaging

University of Sheffield - Materials Science and Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: annual stipend ~ £20,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th January 2020
Closes: 2nd March 2020

1 Faraday Institution Studentship (48 months), Start date 01. 10. 2020 

Sponsor: The Faraday Institution (

Do you want to play a part in ensuring lithium ion battery performance matches electric vehicle needs by exploiting new cathode chemistries? You can do so by working on the fundamental understanding of structure and particle homogeneity in order to fully establish conditions for best performing materials.

To succeed in this ambitious project, you will apply scanning electron microscopy based techniques such as Secondary Electron Hyperspectral Imaging (SEHI) in combination with machine learning techniques to evaluate new cathode particles emerging from the synthetic teams on the Faraday Institution FutureCat project. Therefore, the successful applicant will be embedded in a multidisciplinary research group of chemists, physicists and engineers and jointly supervised by Dr Rodenburg (Department of Materials Science & Engineering) and Prof. Serena Corr (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering) and benefit from some unique and world-leading equipment and facilities at the University of Sheffield.

The University of Sheffield is committed to building a motivated and diverse University community, where staff and students demand the highest standards from each other and work together to maximise the benefits of difference. We aim to create a corporate culture that is inclusive at all levels and in every system and process. Through our Equality and Diversity Strategy and Action Plans - Excellence Through Inclusion - we will work with and listen to people from across the University and beyond, to hear and help them tell the positive stories about what we have achieved already through inclusion and what we should be doing in the future.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a 2.1 honours masters level degree in a relevant subject (e.g. engineering discipline, physics, (electro-)chemistry or equivalent). Experience with research, batteries, scanning electron microscopy and machine learning is desirable.

In order to apply for a Faraday Institution PhD position, you need to do both of the following:

  1. Complete a Faraday Institution expression of interest form
  2. Follow the university application process as per advert

Early application is strongly encouraged as if a suitable candidate is found then the advert may close before the end date.

For more information, please contact Dr Rodenburg via email (

The Faraday Institution Cluster PhD researchers receive an enhanced stipend over and above the standard EPSRC offer. The total annual stipend is approximately £20,000 plus an additional £7,000 annually to cover training and travel costs. Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations

Closing Date: Latest: 02/03/2020 Early application is strongly encouraged as if a suitable candidate is found then the advert may close before the end date.

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