Research Associate -Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Ion Dynamics and Degradation in Li-ion Battery Electrodes x 2 (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
June 30, 2024
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Research Associate -Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Ion Dynamics

and Degradation in Li-ion Battery Electrodes x 2 (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for up to two post-doctoral research associate positions in the groups of Prof. Dame Clare P. Grey to use a combined theoretical and experimental approaches to understand ion dynamics and degradation in Li-ion battery electrodes.

The project will explore the factors that influence ion dynamics in electrode materials for Li-ion batteries. Li+ ion dynamics in the bulk of the materials, as well as through interfaces will be investigated. Degradation processes that occur during battery operation will be studied to gain insight into their mechanisms and potential mitigation strategies.

The successful candidates will use X-ray diffraction techniques to characterise battery materials and so experience in this field is essential. They will also make use of a variety of modelling/simulation methodos to rationalise experimental results; therefore, experience with density functional theory and/or molecular dyamics simulations is essential. Experience with nuclear magnetic resonance methods (MAS-NMR, PFG) and electrochemical methods, and methods to characterise lithium diffusion and transport are desirable. The projects will involve collaboration with other researchers, both international and within a UK-wide consortium, so the demonstrated ability to work as member of a team is essential.

Applicants should have (or about to obtain) a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, or related discipline. A strong proven track-record of publication in relevant fields is essential.

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Appointment at the Research Associate level is dependent on the award of a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at the Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the award of the PhD has been confirmed.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries relating to the role please contact Dr Christopher O'Keefe ([email protected]) or Dr Oliver Pecher ([email protected])

Please quote reference MA41839 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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    Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry








    27 May 2024

    Closing date

    30 June 2024

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