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Research Fellow (Faraday Institution)

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £33,966 to £36,024 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 31st January 2024
Job Ref: 26413

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role
We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate in Electrical Engineering for Lithium-ion Battery Systems for a 1-year position working under the guidance of Prof Paul Christensen and Dr Wojciech Mrozik. The position is part of the Faraday Institution-sponsored project "SafeBatt: Science of Battery Safety".

Lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) are found in all aspects of our lives - from small portable electronic devices through electric vehicles to grid-scale battery energy storage systems. Applying LiBs in electric traction has initiated a revolution in the automotive industry that is motivated to decarbonize the transport sector and reduce local air pollution. However, like all technology, lithium-ion batteries fail, and the ever-growing number of LiBs in everyday life is likely to result in more failures. Once exposed to abuse conditions, the LiB can go into thermal runaway (TR), resulting in toxic gas, fire or even vapour cloud explosion. Therefore, it is essential that we understand the underlying causes and drastic outcomes of TR, especially in the larger energy systems.

You will be responsible for carrying out the preparation, assembly, charging and discharging of battery systems, as well as the installation of sensors, thermocouples etc and the analyses of the data so produced. Due to the nature of the work many experiments are carried out in external facilities outside Newcastle University. Thus, it is essential that you are able to travel and work for periods of 1-2 weeks on these field tests.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Wojciech Mrozik at wojciech.mrozik@ncl.ac.uk.

Applications should be made through the Newcastle University jobs portal (accessed by the clicking the 'Apply' button) where you are invited to provide evidence of how you meet the essential criteria required for the role outlined in ‘The Person’ by uploading a letter of application along with your Curriculum Vitae (CV).

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