Assistant Professor (Research Focussed) - Battery Instrumentation (Safety) (106261-0922) . Job Reference: 1887998

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 18, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£43,414 to £51,805 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed Term Contract - Until 31/03/2025

36.5 hours per week, 1.0 x FTE.

WMG is a vibrant, cutting-edge research institution at the University of Warwick. We currently have a great opportunity for an Assistant Professor to join the Cell Instrumentation Team to conduct research in the area of battery safety. This research will help construct sensor systems to instrument cells, providing an in-depth understanding of their operation during both normal and abuse conditions.

The role will involve sensor instrumentation, lithium-ion cell characterisation, development of control algorithms and knowledge of diagnosis systems. We are looking for an experienced researcher to study cell performance, and develop the hardware and software required to evaluate cell performance. Development of novel sensing methods may include, for example but not constrained to, internal temperature sensors, gas characterisation and current sensing. This will encompass the operation of these lithium-ion cells throughout their lifetime, to better characterise safety requirements as the cells age.

All aspects of health and safety during the development and operation of lithium-ion battery technologies may be studied and used to characterise cell performance. Test fixtures, experiment methodologies and bespoke interfaces will need to be developed to deploy instrumented cells in a range of performance tests.

We will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Interview Date: TBC

Job Description

Job Purpose

Undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Mentor colleagues with less experience and conduct individual or collaborative research projects.

Key Responsibilities

To design and implement experimental programmes of research in the areas of LIB instrumentation and safety evaluation. To include all aspects of health and safety and liaising with technical services to delivers agreed research plans on time.

To report and publish research outcomes in both academic and industrial forums

To support other members of the team and Principal Investigator in the general management, dissemination and research/education activities of the team and Energy Directorate.

To engage with industrial/academic partners to promote our research

To support the formulation of new research funding proposals

Principal Accountabilities

Research and Scholarship

1. Establish a sound research base within the department in order to develop research objectives, projects and proposals.

2. Identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds to support a developing research agenda.

3. Extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship to research and appropriate external activities.

4. Write or contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other appropriate media.

5. Make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events.

6. Routinely communicate complex and conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding as well as to peers using high level skills and a range of media.

Teaching and Learning Support

1. Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the department.

2. May be expected to supervise postgraduate research students.

3. May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge.

Administration and Other Activities

1. Collaborate actively within and out side of the institution to complete research projects and advance thinking.

2. Undertake specific departmental roles as may be required.

3. May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

4. Participate in relevant professional activities.

5. Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work and, when appropriate, undertake risk assessments.

6. Participate in and develop external networks, for example to identify sources of funding, generate income, obtain projects, or build relationships for future activities.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent in relevant discipline electronics, measurement and control, electrical or electrochemistry. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

A proven ability to conduct advanced / safety characterisation research into lithium-ion battery technology including all aspects of health and safety. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 3

A proven ability to plan and implement experimental research into lithium-ion battery technology focussing on performance evaluation and abuse testing. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 4

A proven ability to design and use novel instrumentation methods to measure battery parameters, e.g. internal temperature, gas characteristics within the context of battery performance, safety and failure. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 5

A good understanding of control algorithm, diagnostics, embedded system hardware and programming using C, Python or MATLAB. A proven understanding of control system design and verification principles using MATLAB, dSPACE and Simulink. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 6

Proven ability and achievements in research, demonstrated by a high quality publications record or equivalent output. (a.c.d)

Essential Criteria 7

Proven contribution to research grant applications and the ability to generate external funding to support research projects. (a.c)

Essential Criteria 8

Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 9

Engaged in continuous professional development. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 10

Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 11

Able to use a range of delivery techniques to enthuse and engage students. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 12

Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills with good interpersonal skills. (a.c.d)

Essential Criteria 13

Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and contribute positively to a collegial team environment and to be able to work independently. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 14

Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 15

Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both academic and, where relevant, industry audiences. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 1

A capability to design and fabricate bespoke test fixtures. (a,c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

For further information on the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, please see our website at WMG :: High Value Manufacturing Catapult (

For further information about the Energy Innovation Centre can be found at the following here.

We believe there should be no barriers to continuing education, and we strive to ensure that the future workforce has the skills they need to become the UK's upcoming engineers and inventors.

Our unique approach to undergraduate education enables full-time students, Higher Apprentices, and full-time employees to gain an engineering degree.

Our teaching staff deliver educational programmes not just at Warwick, but internationally, and the knowledge we can leverage from our research excellence enables our students to reach their highest possible standards.

Full details of our range of undergraduate and Degree Apprenticeships can be found via this link.

If you would like further information about the HEA accreditation or APPTE requirements, these links should help.

Right to work in the UK

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/or are seeking sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

18 Oct 2022

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