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Research Fellow (Battery Manufacture)

University of Birmingham - School of Metallurgy and Materials

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd December 2021
Closes: 19th January 2022
Job Ref: 81896

School of Metallurgy and Materials, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434 a year.

Fixed Term Contract to 31 March 2023

In April 2021, The School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham joined the Faraday Institution founded project Multi-Scale Modelling 2 (MSM 2). This is a large multi-institutional collaborative project with nine university partners. The aim of the project is to advance current models and develop design tools which can accurately predict the performance and lifetime of existing and future batteries. This draws together the key modelling capabilities, supported through experimental parameterisation and experimental design protocols, of a multi-scale approach, across length and time scales.

Researchers based at the University of Birmingham will be supporting the project with the parameterisation of the multi-length scale models over the life-time of a battery. This will involve the electrochemical, physical and chemical characterisation of the electrodes and cells at start of life and during the life-time. Working closely with the modelling groups at partner universities and other industrial partners, they will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team to determine novel methodologies and populate the multi-physics models with meaningful experimentally derived parameters. The postholder will contribute to the development and optimisation of novel and existing characterisation methodologies to populate lithium ion battery models throughout different length scales.

This role will involve working within the MSM 2 project and contribute to the co-ordination of the experimental teams; developing novel methodologies for chemical, physical and electrochemical analysis of lithium ion batteries and contributing to and leading the reporting requirements to the Lead Partner. They will analyse and interpret research findings and results, contribute to generating funding; and contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and public understanding.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health clearance prior to appointment.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • First degree in science or engineering discipline relevant to the project or equivalent experience.
  • Hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD in area relevant to materials recycling or battery manufacture, mineral engineering or chemical engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Prior knowledge, experience and achievements in the electrochemical and physical analysis of battery materials or batteries in full cell configurations is highly desirable. However training will be given to the right candidate in these areas.
  • Experience in working in a research laboratory.
  • High level analytical capability.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly.
  • Ability to work and co-ordinate an interdisciplinary cross institutional team.

Informal enquiries to Professor Emma Kendrick E.Kendrick@bham.ac.uk 

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, alternatively information can be obtained from http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/jobs/index.aspx 

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