Research Associate in experimental testing of Lithium-ion batteries for use in EV battery packs

Job summary

The Electrochemical Science & Engineering Group is looking to hire an experimental researcher to join our diverse and expanding team at the centre of cutting-edge research in electrochemical storage. Funded by the Faraday Institution, Innovate UK and Industry, we work with Industrial collaborators to develop the next generation of batteries and Battery Management Systems with the goal of improving performance and lifetime.

­This position will include collaborating with industry partners including tier 1s and OEMs to design experiments and process data on single cell Li-ion batteries. This will be aimed at understanding battery degradation and generating insights to support the partners in designing a battery pack for an automotive application.

Due to the nature of this role we will be shortlisting candidate as applications are received. We therefore reserve the right to close this vacancy as soon as a suitable candidate has been appointed. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

The Research Group has committed to reimburse appointee Visa costs for this position. The College offers an interest free repayment scheme for dependant visa costs.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be required to:

  • Identify and develop suitable techniques for the collection and analysis of data
  • Design test rigs and experiments to answer research questions
  • Assist modellers in parametrising physical and reduced order battery models
  • Take initiatives in the planning and implementation of research

You will also be expected to plan and conduct your own work, publishing papers and presenting your work at national and international conferences.

Essential requirements

  • ­For appointment at Assistant level, you should have a degree in a relevant subject area (Physical Sciences, Engineering or Mathematics). Research Associate appointment will require a PhD in relevant subject area, or equivalent experience.
  • You should have practical experience of working in a research or industrial lab environment, with knowledge of experimental design and statistical methods.
  • You will be expected to use creative thinking and apply this to problem-solving, and the development of new concepts.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for up to 15 months.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £40,694 – £43,888 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Martina De Marco at

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