Vacancy Type/Job category
£43,414 to £51,805 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
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
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
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
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
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
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
To engage with industrial/academic partners to promote our research
To support the formulation of new research funding proposals
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
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
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.
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)
Essential Criteria 1
Good honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent in relevant
discipline electronics, measurement and control, electrical or
Essential Criteria 2
A proven ability to conduct advanced / safety characterisation research into
lithium-ion battery technology including all aspects of health and safety.
Essential Criteria 3
A proven ability to plan and implement experimental research into lithium-ion
battery technology focussing on performance evaluation and abuse testing.
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
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.
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
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)
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