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Research Associate in Testing Recycled Battery Materials

Imperial College London - Department of Chemical Engineering

Location: South Kensington, London

Job Summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is looking for a motivated research associate with research experience in battery testing, advanced materials characterisation, and electrochemical recycling of spent batteries, able to work in a large and diverse team collaboratively across Prof. Titirici and Dr Hankin’s research groups but also with others in other departments, faculties and even universities. This project is funded by Innovate UK Faraday Battery Challenge Round 5 Innovation and will be based at the Department at Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London.

Batteries will play a major role in the decarbonisation of the UK. Li ion batteries are the only technology of choice today. New battery chemistries are under development, however 2050 is close and we need batteries available now. Li ion batteries have a major concern in relation to the future of the supply chain, with Li, Ni, graphite and Co considered critical due to their geographical distribution and disruptions with supply chain. Recycling such critical materials from spent batteries will give these critical materials a new life, avoiding the challenges with the supply chain while creating new economic wealth locally in the UK. One of the UK companies working on recycled materials using hydrometallurgical and direct recycling technologies is ALTILIUM.

This project will test cathode materials (NMC and LFP) from spent Li ion batteries and compare /optimise their performance to match virgin materials. This will involve material characterisation before and during battery performance and developing new characterisation techniques at coin and pouch cell level. It will also involve developing innovative techniques for manufacturing electrodes from spent batteries for pouch cells.

Additionally, you will be looking at recycling new technologies such as Na ion batteries from pouch cell developed in Prof. Titirici’s lab using hard carbons and NVP cathodes (or other transition metal oxides) using more sustainable recycling methods, such as electrochemical processes.

This is a unique chance to contribute to the decarbonisation of the UK economy across sectors by helping the battery recycling and bringing critical materials from spent batteries back to life.

The ideal candidate will have good theoretical knowledge and practical experience in electrochemical battery recycling, battery manufacturing and testing, electrochemistry and materials characterisation Additionally, willingness and experience in working and effectively communicating with companies and industry are highly required. Good communication skills are required along with the ability to write high quality publications and work collaboratively.

Further Information

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

You can start immediately with appointment by 01/02/2023 at the latest.  The contract will run for 24 months in the first instance. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

New appointments will have a maximum starting salary of £46,734 based on experience.  

To apply, please visit our website: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/ You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG02406. 

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Magda Titirici (m.titirici @imperial.ac.uk)

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing date: Thursday 22nd December 2022

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

Location: London
Salary: £43,093 to £50,834 * per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2022
Closes: 22nd December 2022
Job Ref: ENG02406
 
   
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