Research Associate in Battery Characterisation

Imperial College London Department of Materials

United Kingdom

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to use characterisation techniques to investigate zero-excess Li metal cells (a.k.a. “anode-free” or “anode-less”) as a part of the Faraday Institution Battery Degradation Programme. The focus of this research project is to use in situ, operando, and other characterisation techniques such as time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS), X-ray...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG02451
  • Date posted 11 January 2023
  • Closing date 10 February 2023

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus - On site only
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £38,194 – £50,834 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Materials
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to use characterisation techniques to investigate zero-excess Li metal cells (a.k.a. “anode-free” or “anode-less”) as a part of the Faraday Institution Battery Degradation Programme. The focus of this research project is to use in situ, operando, and other characterisation techniques such as time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS), X-ray scattering, X-ray tomography, etc. to study battery degradation. Rechargeable batteries are of significant interest to a wide range of industries such as electric transportation, and investigating their degradation is important.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Research Duties:

    • Using characterisation techniques such as ToF-SIMS, X-ray scattering, X-ray tomography, etc. to investigate zero-excess Li metal cells (a.k.a. “anode-free” or “anode-less”).
    • Characterisation of SEI layers on anode-less substrates, and physical properties (thickness, Young’s modulus, etc.) of the SEI layers.
    • Perform both experimental and computational research activities.
    • Preparation of high quality research papers in English for international scientific literature.
    • Communicate research findings and methodologies with members of the group.
    • Contribute ideas for new research projects.
    • Recording progress in hard drives according to standard practice.
    • Preparation and delivery of presentations to the wider scientific team.
    • Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on characterisation and other relevant research areas.
    • Assist the other research staff in the day-to-day management of the research group.

Other Duties:

    • To undertake any necessary training and/or development.
    • To undertake appropriate administration tasks.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Research Associate: Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, materials science, physical chemistry, chemical engineering or relevant science and engineering discipline.
  • Research Assistant: Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, materials science, physical chemistry, chemical engineering or relevant science and engineering discipline.
  • Research experience (e.g. characterisation, assembly, testing, etc.) in zero-excess Li metal cells (a.k.a. “anode-free” or “anode-less”)
  • Hands-on experience of using characterisation techniques such as ToF-SIMS, X-ray scattering, X-ray tomography, etc. to characterise battery properties
  • Hands-on experience in using and developing in situ and operando characterisation techniques
  • Hands-on experience of using characterisation techniques to characterise SEI (e.g. physical properties, thickness, Young’s modulus, etc.)
  • Research experience of developing methods to reduce battery degradation
  • Research experience and output in both experimental and computational activities
  • A strong publication record, commensurate with experience, in peer-reviewed journals
  • Well-organised and self-motivated with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, to identify research objectives and to carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale
  • Ability to work with the other members of the group and communicating findings and methodologies
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects
  • Experience of interactions with commercial sponsors, etc.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.

Additional information please contact: Dr Ann Huang, a.huang@imperial.ac.uk

Guidance may be sought from Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

Technical issues, please contact: support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk

 


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