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Research Assistant/Associate in Crystal Structure Prediction

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £31,396 to £33,966 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th May 2024
Closes: 26th June 2024
Job Ref: 26945

Company description:

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.

Job description:

Salary:

Research Assistant £31,396 to £32,982 per annum

Research Associate: £33,966 per annum

The Role

We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate in the computational structure prediction of solid-state battery materials in the Ion Transport and Interfaces Group of Dr. James A. Dawson at Newcastle University. The position is initially for 2 years with the possibility of extension to 4 years.

The position is focused on both cathode and solid electrolyte materials for solid-state batteries. Specifically, the successful candidate will use atomistic modelling methods to predict and validate the crystalline, amorphous and glass-ceramic structures of state-of-the-art and new solid-state battery materials. The project will focus on developing and applying atomistic modelling to characterise the structure of lattice energy surfaces to understand finite temperature effects on the landscape of possible crystal structures and kinetic influences on which structures are formed experimentally. The successful candidate will also be expected to perform molecular dynamics and density functional theory simulations on the predicted materials and their interfaces to determine their properties, including, for example, ionic conductivity and interfacial stability.

You will be involved in a large UKRI Frontier Research Grant ("AMPed") that will be carried out in collaboration with world-leading experimental partners in the UK, Europe and North America. Our ambition is to develop and apply state-of-the-art computational and experimental techniques to provide a fundamental understanding of structure, ion transport and interfaces in solid electrolytes for clean energy applications. Such an understanding will allow for the design of enhanced solid-state batteries and other energy devices.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. James A. Dawson james.dawson@ncl.ac.uk.

For further information about our research please see the Dawson Group website.

Applications should be made through the Newcastle University jobs portal: https://jobs.ncl.ac.uk, 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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