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Research Assistant/Associate in in-situ degradation studies of battery electrodes by Transmission Electron Microscopy (Fixed Term)

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

A Research Assistanct/Associate position is available in the application of advanced electron microscopy techniques to the study of battery electrode materials, in particular aimed at determining degradation mechanisms. In situ TEM electrochemistry experiments will be a core component of the project.

The successful applicant is required to employ TEM characterization techniques such as High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM), Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM), Energy-Dispersive X-ray (EDX) compositional mapping, and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) for in-situ experiments on battery materials, as well as devices. A FEGSEM/FIB work station will be used to prepare TEM lamellae for in-situ characterization.

Experience of imaging and analytical TEM/STEM is essential, preferably with direct knowledge of TEM holders for in situ liquid and/or electrochemistry. Applicants should have a detailed knowledge and direct experience of electron microscopes, as well as of data analysis and processing routines, where the software used includes Hyperspy, Image J and Digital Micrograph.

The Research Assistant/Associate should be able to work independently, and as part of a team of academic and industrial partners. An experimentalist with a PhD or about to be awarded a PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering would be ideal. Previous work on electrochemistry would be an advantage, but it is not essential.

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.

Applicants should submit (i) a brief statement detailing how their experience is beneficial to the project, (ii) their CV and (iii) full contact details of 2 referees.

Informal enquiries about this vacancy should be sent to Dr Caterina Ducati by email

Please quote reference LJ15990 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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