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Research Associate in Advance Particle Coatings for Next Generation Batteries

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Engineering - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £32,344 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th October 2021
Closes: 1st November 2021
Job Ref: UOS030329


Robert Hadfield Building, Main Campus
Process Systems Enterprise, 26-28 Hammersmith Gr, London W6 7HA

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the Next Generation Electrodes (Nextrode) research grant,  an Oxford-led group of collaborating universities funded by the Faraday Institution. The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research and skills development, whose vision is to bring together scientists and industry partners to reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; to improve performance and reliability (

The overall aim of Nextrode 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. The research encompasses both optimisation of current manufacturing practices based on improved scientific insight, and the invention and development of the next generation of novel electrode manufacturing processes. Across the Nextrode consortium, the research involves elements of design, modelling, manufacture, characterisation and data science.

The successful candidate will have experience in particle coating technology (for example fluidised bed), and knowledge of barrier films for moisture sensitive materials, and associated characterisation methods. Expertise in cryo-SEM, FIB or TEM or other microstructural characterisation of films would be beneficial. you will have experience in the planning, design and execution of experimental studies. Candidates must hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in a Science or Engineering discipline, or have equivalent experience.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineerin is ranked amongst the top 5 Chemical Engineering Departments in the UK and is a thriving department within the Faculty of Engineering. We have a world-class research environment that is ranked number 1 by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Their internationally renowned research is supported through funding from government and industrial sources in the UK and the rest of the globe.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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