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Postdoctoral Researcher in Battery Materials Modelling

University of Oxford - Department of Materials

Location: Oxford
Salary: Grade 7: Salary in the range £33,309 - £40,927 p.a
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd September 2021
Closes: 20th October 2021
Job Ref: 153509

Location: Department of Materials, Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford

Salary: Grade 7: Salary in the range £33,309 - £40,927 p.a

The Faraday Institution has funded a research consortium on ‘Next generation lithium-ion cathode materials (CATMAT)’ to explore and develop new materials for batteries that can be used for electric vehicles. The multidisciplinary team includes the Universities of Oxford (as lead), Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Liverpool, Oxford, UCL and Diamond Light Source.

A postdoctoral research position is available on this CATMAT project in the area of computer modelling and materials design of lithium battery cathodes within the group of Professor Saiful Islam in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. The research programme at Oxford will investigate structural, transport, electronic and interface properties of lithium battery materials using density functional theory (DFT), potentials-based molecular dynamics, and cluster-expansion based Monte Carlo techniques. This work will have strong links to the experimental synthesis, structural and electrochemical work performed in the overall project.

Previous experience in computational materials science and a track record of peer-reviewed publications are essential.  The position is available from 24 January 2022 and ends on 30 September 2023.

Group websites with research details are as follows:

Prof Saiful Islam:


All applications must be made online using the Oxford University E-Recruitment system, no later than 12 noon on 20 October 2021. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. This statement should include three short sections: (a) list of simulation codes used (b) your top three publications (c) previous experience in battery materials modelling. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on 12 November 2021 and you must be available on this date, either by Skype, Zoom or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

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