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Research Associate in Graphene-Based Battery Materials and Electrochemistry (Fixed Term)

We wish to appoint a Research Associate in the Cambridge Graphene Centre, to work on Graphene-Based Battery Materials and Electrochemistry, especially hybrids of silicon and graphene, and electrochemistry of half-cell and full-cell batteries. The aim is to develop high energy density and long cycle life hybrid graphene-based battery materials, with a particular focus on silicon-graphene hybrids and interfaces. The role holder will conduct research on graphene and synthesis of graphene and silicon hybrid materials, surface coating/modification, characterization, electrode coating/processing, cell assembly and measurements. The role holder will have practical skills in designing, assembling, and characterizing half-cells and full-cells using both two-electrode and three-electrode configurations. The role holder will have a working knowledge of cathode materials for developing full-cells. The role holder will be expected to develop an understanding of structural transformations and interfacial processes in the materials during and after electrochemical battery cycling, including crystal structure analysis, phase identification, strain/stress analysis, etc. 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 role holder will take leadership roles and initiatives in managing the energy storage group and laboratory, oversee equipment, supervise and train PhD students, and write periodic reports. The successful candidate must have a PhD in engineering, chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, applied physics, or related disciplines. The candidate 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, and interested in working in a team and participating in collaborations within a large consortium. Expertise in graphene and graphene hybrid electrode synthesis and characterisation, silicon-based battery anode chemistry, battery electrode fabrication and cell assembly, and battery measurements is a requirement for this position, and it should be demonstrated by publications in major journals. A strong background in electrochemistry, solid state chemistry, and/or solid state physics is essential. Experience with material characterization techniques, such as Raman spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, surface area and porosity analysis, XRD, XPS, and/or electrochemical dilatometry, etc., is desirable. Knowledge in pouch cell assembly will be advantageous. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment and interact with a team of researchers with a wide range of expertise, including materials science, battery science, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, electronics, and photonics, which will be part of the candidate's support network. The candidate will also have the ability to continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development, as well as experience of managing own workload.

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.

Please upload your CV (including a publications list) and a covering letter by midnight on the closing date. Additional documents that have not been requested will not be considered as part of your application. If you have any questions of a technical nature about this vacancy please contact Professor Andrea C Ferrari ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graphene Centre Administrator (

Please quote reference NM16117 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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