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Fully-Funded (Home Rate) PhD Studentship (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

Supervisor: Professor Manish Chhowalla

Start date: 1st January 2023

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from home and international students (although this award is available at the home rate fee only, and students who are liable for overseas fees will need to self-fund the difference in fee rates. Please see UKRI guidance for more details)

Looking for a battery related career that contributes to creating a sustainable future? Keen to join a dynamic community of pioneering battery researchers seeking to find solutions to support a fully electric future?

The project will involve investigation of two-dimensional metallic transition metal dichalcogenides as catalytically active cathodes for Li-S batteries. It will involve synthesis of the materials, their structural and electrochemical characterisation, and fabrication and testing of Li-S batteries. The project will also involve operando characterisation of the devices.

Applicants must have strong fundamental materials chemistry knowledge and academic record. Laboratory experience in synthesis of materials, characterisation using advanced analytical tools, and electrochemical measurements is required. Experience in assembly and testing of coin and/or pouch cells is desirable.

Applicants should have (or expect to be awarded) an upper 2nd or 1st class honours degree at the level of MSci, MEng (or overseas equivalents) in a relevant science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science).

The Faraday Institution Cluster PhD researchers receive an enhanced stipend over and above the standard EPSRC offer. The total annual stipend is approximately £20,000 plus an additional training and consumables package worth £7,000. Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations.

Take a look at the bespoke training programme on offer

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to look at the research group website ( and to send informal enquiries about this vacancy to Ms Ana Talaban-Bailey for further information about the project, before making an application to the University thorough the Postgraduate Application Portal at as well as completing a Faraday Institution expression of interest form

Further information on the application process in general is available from Rosie Ward (

Please quote reference LJ31079 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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