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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 15 months in the first instance.

A RA position is available within the Materials Chemistry Group in the Department of Materials Science at University of Cambridge. The project funded by INNOVATE UK, is concerned with carrying out focused research and development work to commercialise a technology for recovering spent redox active pastes from lead acid batteries to produce very active nano-structured precursors for making new batteries with improved performance. The selected candidate will work very closely with the industrial partners Aurelius Environmental Group (AEL), Tipton, UK and Antares Reciclagm (AR) & Tudor Batteries (TB), both in Brazil. The main objectives of the project at Cambridge is to develop strategies for controlling contaminants in the final battery precursors, fabricate laboratory scale cells using the new precursors and test the cells for performance. 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 cells; and testing of batteries for performance. The post will be primarily located in the Department of Materials Science in West Cambridge (Cambridge, UK), but may be required to spend some time with the industrial collaborator AEL, who hold the global licence for the technology and sited in Tipton and occasionally visit AR and TB in Brazil.

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Please refer any queries to Dr Vasant Kumar by email to

Please quote reference LJ16091 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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