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Making Safer Batteries: Electro-acoustic fingerprinting to probe fault nucleation and propagation


Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £22,000 per annum + UK fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th June 2021
Closes: 16th August 2021

Professor Dan Brett

Start date: 01/10/21

Vacancy information

UCL Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the top research and teaching departments in the UK, and is a leader in battery research. This PhD studentship is funded for 4 years. The successful candidate will carry out cutting-edge experimental research in the area of lithium-ion battery safety at the intersection of engineering, chemistry, physics and materials science.

Studentship description

As we enter ‘the age of electrochemical power’ and transition from fossil fuels and internal combustion, the development of high-performance batteries is key. We need to understand the internal workings of these devices and also ensure they are safe. The successful candidate will join the SafeBatt program, led by UCL, and study critical aspects of battery operation through the development of novel acoustic and X-ray diagnostic techniques. This project will equip the successful student with the experience to enter an academic career or the rapidly expanding electrochemical energy storage industry (the electrification of road transport and pathway to net-zero). This studentship is funded via the UK Faraday Institution. 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 - Read more ( They will also benefit from a bespoke training programme (

Person specification

The person appointed will have the essential skills, abilities, personal attributes and experience listed below. In your application, you should demonstrate how you meet the person specification, using examples. Knowledge – including Qualifications Essential: Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or a related discipline Desirable: Knowledge of electrochemical power systems Skills Essential: Proficiency in conducting scientific experiments in engineering or physical sciences. Ability to manage time and work to deadlines. Effective written and verbal communication skills (in English) Ability to present complex information effectively to range of audiences. Desirable: Experimental experience with electrochemistry or batteries. Willingness to work at interdisciplinary boundaries. Ability to interact with technical staff efficiency to achieve objectives. Experience Desirable: Experience of working in/with industry Personal Qualities Essential: Commitment to the highest quality research, self-motivated and hard-working. Commitment to health and safety and the well-being of the research team.


The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or a related field. Prior experience with specific battery testing is desirable, but not essential. More important is the desire and motivation to think creatively and collaborate widely to achieve project objectives. To express your interest in this position please email Professor Dan Brett ( with your CV and fill in the Faraday Institution expression of interest form To apply please submit your application through the following link (specifying Professor Dan Brett as academic supervisor and including a statement of interest):

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