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Research Assistant / Associate in Supercapacitors

Newcastle University - School of Engineering

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £31,396 to £44,263 per annum. Salary and grade will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. See advert text for further details
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th June 2024
Closes: 23rd June 2024
Job Ref: 27194

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The School of Engineering at Newcastle University is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant or Associate to join the team of Digital Material Manufacturing (DMM) to support a commercial research project funded by Sustainable Energy Efficient Designed Structures (SEEDS). The project will involve electrical and electrochemical measurements of supercapacitor energy storage devices supplied by SEEDS to evaluate key performance metrics for the devices. In-depth chemical analysis of the key components of supercapacitors using appropriate chemical analysis tools and device structures will be necessary to enable comparison with devices currently available in the market.

SEEDS is an innovative deep tech company that specialises in the development of advanced organic nano-materials to vastly improve the performance of battery and solar technologies. SEEDS have developed high energy density nano-carbon materials which have exhibited high conductivity for use in formulating battery electrode slurries. SEEDS are currently developing supercapacitor films to demonstrate the power density of their innovative carbon nano-materials. The supercapacitors are expected to be used as part of energy systems to deliver power bursts in electric vehicles and powering the transmission of data in wireless communications technology.

DMM is a close-knit team of researchers within the Advanced Materials and Electrochemical Engineering Group in Chemical Engineering. DMM specialises in the development and processing of novel materials for energy storage, sensing, and wearable applications and is expanding in terms of its facilities and academic and industrial collaborations. Research at DMM is highly multi-disciplinary and uses advanced characterisation facilities.

Your primary focus will be on research, characterisation, and validation of various supercapacitor devices currently available in the market and to provide comparison with those developed by SEEDS using novel electrode materials. You will use common electrical and electrochemical testing methods such as cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge discharge, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for evaluating supercapacitor materials and devices. Additionally, you will employ a wide range of chemical analysis tools such as XRD, Raman, SEM, TEM, TGA, DSC, and XPS for evaluating chemical composition and structure of materials used in various supercapacitors. As such a combined knowledge of or experience in electrochemical testing and chemical analysis will be necessary.

This appointment is full-time (37 hours) and fixed term for a period of 6 months, or until project completion, whichever comes soonest.

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Click on the above Apply button to complete an online application and upload a CV and a brief cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement and should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role.

Please note that if you are successful to this role, you will require medical clearance before you can commence in the role.

For informal queries regarding the role or the project, please contact Dr Shayan Seyedin, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at: shayan.seyedin@newcastle.ac.uk.

For more information about the School of Engineering, and our research, please click here.

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