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Research Assistant/Associate in Li-Ion Battery Development (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) in the Department of Engineering, to work in the field of scalable nanomaterials for energy storage. The post holder will be located in Cambridge and work with both the groups of Michael de Volder ( and Adam Boies ( at the Department of Engineering, and Echion Technologies Ltd (

The researcher will develop and optimise scalable processes to synthesise advanced nanomaterials for commercial Li-ion battery electrodes. This research builds on continuous manufacturing processes that were developed at the University of Cambridge, and are now being commercialised by the spin-out company, Echion Technologies Ltd.

The candidate needs to be experienced in coin and pouch cell fabrication as well as the analysis of electrochemical battery performance. Experience in nanomaterials synthesis, BatPac modelling, and scale-up of processes is an advantage. The researcher will take a prominent role in planning experiments and leading research activities, as well as collaborate with industrial project partners. The candidate should be a team player, entrepreneurial and self-motivated.

We will consider candidates with various research backgrounds, including chemical engineering, battery engineering, chemistry, physics and material science. Applicants are required to have a PhD or being close to obtaining a PhD and have relevant experience in electrochemistry, battery fabrication and testing.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges:
Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688
Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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 ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and a publication list (please highlight what you think are your three best publications) in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this content of this position please contact Michael De Volder - email or Adam Boies - email For questions about the application process, please contact S Stevenson, email (Tel +44 01223 330263).

Please quote reference NM15993 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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