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Research Associate (Fixed Term)


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

A Research Associate position is available within the Materials Chemistry Group in the Department of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge in a project funded by INNOVATE UK, in order to carry out a focused research and development work on a new type of Li-ion battery anode based upon plasma-treated carbon. The selected candidate will work very closely with the industrial partner Plasma-App Ltd, Culham, UK and Johnson Matthey, Sonning, UK and offer strategic research output to help develop high energy batteries.

The main objectives of the project at University of Cambridge is to develop strategies for understanding the role of the structure, morphology and solid-state defects in the carbon produced by a plasma process and while improving the quality of the battery active anode material. The selected candidate will have knowledge of battery electro-chemistry; techniques such as electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, surface and interfacial analysis, chemical and thermal analysis for characterizing battery components; fabricating laboratory scale coin cells and supercapacitors; and testing of batteries for performance. The applicant should hold a PhD in a relevant subject.

The post will be primarily located in Department of Materials Science in West Cambridge (Cambridge, UK), but may be required to spend a proportion of time in the industrial collaborator sites.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload a covering letter, CV and publications list

Informal enquiries about this vacancy should be sent to Dr Vasant Kumar, rvk10@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LJ14357 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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