Part time Research Assistants - Battery Recycling - RGU06918

The Robert Gordon University
July 01, 2024
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Job Summary

Robert Gordon University (RGU) offers staff and students alike a distinctive, professionally-focused academic environment in which our demand- led teaching helps individuals to develop and prosper. Underpinning this are, of course, our first-class research capabilities and facilities.

These posts provide an exciting opportunity for passionate Research Assistants with an interest in battery recycling.

With the growing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy storage, the demand for batteries is increasing. By focusing on battery recycling, UK can support the transition to clean energy by ensuring a sustainable supply of materials for battery production. This contributes to the development of a more resilient and sustainable energy infrastructure.

This project will apply a high porous material, which will be used to remove the metals from the battery impregnated parts such as cathode, anode, electrolyte, and separator. This process will save energy and carbon footprint compared to the current methodology which is use of Battery Recycling Shredders.

The project funding includes an agreed budget for 2 part-time members of staff to be employed, as Research Assistants, as follows:

Post 1 - 21.75 hrs per week for 18 months

Post 2 - 18.75 hrs per week for 6 months

To apply, submit your CV and a covering letter, detailing how you meet the requirements for the role.

For informal discussion and enquiries, contact Dr Carlos Fernandez, [email protected].

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO : Carlos Fernandez, Senior Lecturer

RESPONSIBLE FOR : No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST : Project manage the research streams and contribute to delivery of milestones & deliverables.


• Work as a key member of a research team

• Carry out literature searches and develop contextualised aims and objectives

• Draft research protocols and secure ethical approvals

• Organise team communication and meetings

• Execute the processes of data collection and analysis

• Draft research reports and papers for peer review

• Ensure there is adherence to Data Management policies and health and safety and other legislative requirements

• Contribute to research team meetings at school and university level.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Membership

BSc (Honours) First or Upper Second class degree or a Master degree (with Distinction or Merit) in chemistry or a related discipline.

Knowledge and skills

• English language competency (with a suitable qualification for international applicants).

• Ability to work independently on own initiative and in a team.

• Excellent organisational and time management skills.

• Excellent written and communication skills.


• Experience in liaising and building relationships with industrial partners



• A general interest in batteries and related materials


• Experience in using equipment such as ICP-MS, FT-IR and X-Ray diffraction.

• Experience of interdisciplinary research collaboration

• Experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods


Behaviour 1 - Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2 - Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others.

Behaviour 3 - Service Delivery - Experience of giving customers a positive and satisfactory service, by providing accurate and up to date knowledge of services available in own and related areas of work.

Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner and working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships.

Behaviour 5 - Planning and Organising Resources - Experience of planning, prioritising and organising your own work or resources to achieve agreed objectives.

Behaviour 6 - Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying and using a range of sources to produces reports that combine different types of data.


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