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Research Associate in High Energy and High Power Density Battery Pouch Cells (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Research Associate to work on High Energy and High Power Density Battery Pouch Cells.

The aim is to develop high energy density, high power density, long cycle life battery pouch cells using graphene-based hybrid anodes, especially silicon-graphene hybrids. The role holder will work on electrode coating/processing, cell assembly, measurements, and characterization using the CGC dry room facility and battery lab. They will have practical skills in designing and assembling battery pouch cells, and a working knowledge of cathode materials for developing pouch cells. They will be expected to characterize the pouch cells under normal operating and stressed conditions based on voltage, temperature, and cycling rates using a variety of techniques, including post-mortem analysis, to understand factors and processes that determine the cycle life and safety of the battery. The role holder will be expected to provide a full data analysis and interpretation of the data, using a variety of analytical and computational tools.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in engineering, chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, applied physics, or related disciplines. They will have sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programs. The candidate must be creative, ambitious, self-driven, interested in working in a team and participating in collaborations within a large consortium. Expertise in battery electrode fabrication, cell assembly, and battery measurements is required, demonstrated by publications in major journals. A strong background in electrochemistry is essential. They will work in an interdisciplinary environment, interacting with a team of researchers with a wide range of expertise, including materials science, battery science, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, electronics, photonics. They will have the ability to continually update knowledge in the specialist area, engage in continuous professional development, and have experience of managing own workload.

Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 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.

Upload your Curriculum Vitae, covering letter, two reference letters 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. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

For questions about this vacancy, contact Professor A C Ferrari ( For questions about the application process, contact

Please quote reference NM16043 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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