Research Associate - Faraday Battery Challenge: Sodium-nickel chloride
(NaNiCl2) prototype battery system
Salary: £28,331 to £32,817
Closing Date: Tuesday 22 June 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed
This 9 month post has been created as a result of an award from Innovate UK
under the Faraday Battery Challenge program.
The award is to enable a consortium of companies and universities to
demonstrate an innovative sodium-nickel chloride (NaNiCl2) prototype battery
system for automotive applications. This development project focuses on
scaling up manufacturing from current lab-scale volumes and applying advanced
engineering simulations to improve cell and system performance. The Consortium
is led by LiNa Energy (https: // lina.energy/) who developed the novel battery
technology at the heart of this project. Lancaster University will contribute
advanced engineering simulations.
The Research Associate employed on this project will deliver a validated
numerical (FEA/CFD) model that can optimise the design of battery packs to
improve thermal management, as well as inform best practice for monitoring
their performance during use. The research will be supervised by Professor
Andrew Kennedy and Dr David Cheneler in the Engineering Department at
Lancaster University, with support from LiNa Energy who are also based in
Lancaster University is a top-10 university in the UK and in the top-125 in
the World. The Engineering Department is a broad-based engineering centre,
with a record of innovative teaching, world-class research and integration
with industry; it offers modern research facilities supported by highly
experienced academic staff.
The minimum requirements for the role are a MEng, MSc or MPhil in a discipline
that demonstrates expertise relating to numerical modelling of heat and fluid
flow, but preferably a PhD in this discipline. Demonstrable experience in
process data collection, data processing and analysis, within the broad
context of engineering, is also required. The role holder will need to be an
effective communicator and be able to manage their time efficiently.
You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains
contingent on external funding which at this time is for 9 months.
Informal enquires should be directed to: Professor Andrew Kennedy (Lancaster
University); Email: email@example.com
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