Research Fellow – Li-ion Batteries (104176 - 0721) . Job Reference: 1878066

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

August 16, 2021


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£30,942 - £40,322 per annum


University of Warwick - Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed term contract until 30/09/2023 36.5 hours per week

WMG are undertaking research into how traditional Li ion battery manufacturing processes can be optimised through the application of systems engineering and data science methods. Creating new models and predictive tools to improve battery performance and the underpinning efficiency, repeatability and reliability of the manufacturing process.

We are therefore seeking a Research Fellow to join our team. You will explore different systems engineering processes, experimental design and data management techniques to help digitise the existing electrode manufacturing facility within WMG and to implement the experimental research programme. This will focus on the collection of battery manufacturing and battery performance data to facilitate the construction of machine learning models to optimise the battery manufacturing process and to predict battery performance. Your role within the research team, will support the academic investigators, and work closely with a further postdoctoral researcher and engineer to coordinate aspects of the research, including experimental design, data capture, model creation and validation. You will have unique access to the resources of our Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) and bespoke high performance computing facilities.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942 pa).

The University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications. However, please note that due to the toxicity of chemicals used within this role, it is not a suitable role for pregnant women or those that are breastfeeding. The University reserves its rights under Schedule 22 of the Equality Act 2010 to ensure the protection of women in relation to pregnancy or maternity.

In return 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

If you require further information about this position, please contact Prof James Marco (

Interview Date - TBC

Job Description


You will be employed to work on the Nextrode project in collaboration with academic partners.



1. To establish a sound research base within the Department, aligned with the agreed Nextrode project plan, in order to pursue individual and collaborative research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution to the project and Department.

2. To manage elements of the Nextrode research projects which may include supervising post-doctoral research assistant, research students, technical and other support staff engaged in research.

3. To consider the value of research achievements within their potential commercial context and where appropriate and with the assistance of Research & Impact Services, take appropriate action to protect such research results by patent application or copyright to the potential benefit of the University.

4. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the result of research and scholarship in other reputable outlets.

5. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the department.

6. To identify and explore with the Department and the University any entrepreneurial opportunities which may arise and to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected for the benefit of the University and the researcher.

7. To contribute to the research plans developed by the Department, including providing such information as may be required by the Department to monitor the progress of each member of staff's research programme and to support the Department fully in the preparation of material required for the REF or similar activities.

Administration and Other Activities

8. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department.

9. To attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

10. To participate in relevant professional activities.

11. To engage in continuous professional development.

12. To undertake external commitments, which reflect well and enhance the reputation of the University.

13. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The postholder will be required to be flexible in their duties.

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

Honours degree, 2.1 or above in a relevant field (e.g. engineering, computer science, manufacturing and automation (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Possession of a PhD in a relevant discipline (a)

Essential Criteria 3

The potential to analysis and manage large datasets derived from experimental research within the context of model creation, parameterisation and validation. (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 4

Knowledge of Design of Experiments (DoE) Methods applied to engineering systems or manufacturing processes (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 5

A proven ability to apply quality, manufacturing or systems thinking methods to engineering or manufacturing systems (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 6

Knowledge of battery manufacturing and experimental methods for electrode and coin cell characterisation (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 7

Knowledge of computing and programming skills in languages and environments, e.g. Python and Matlab (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 8

Ability to publish excellent work in relevant fields (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 9

Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 10

Good interpersonal skills (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 11

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes (a) (c) (d)

Essential Criteria 12

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

Essential Criteria 13

Competency in IT and familiarity with a computerised environment (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 14

A range of Quantitative and/or Qualitative research skills (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 15

Evidence of quality research output from experienced candidates or strong research potential from less experienced candidates (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Ability or potential to generate external funding (grants, contracts etc) to support research projects (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both academic and policy audiences (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.

Energy Innovation Centre

Full details of this multi-million pound research facility can be found via the following link: https: //

Nextrode Project

The post is funded by the research grant: “Next Generation Electrodes (Nextrode)” that is provided by the Faraday Institution, the UK's independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research and skills development. The Nextrode consortium comprises a number of leading UK universities including: Warwick, UCL and the universities of Oxford, Sheffield, Birmingham and Southampton. The Faraday Institution vision is to bring together scientists, engineers and industry partners on research projects to reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; to improve performance and reliability (

The overall aim of the Nextrode project is to seize the emergent opportunity in the manufacture of smart electrodes by investigating: (i) the underlying reasons why current Li ion battery electrode performance in practice falls well short of theory, (ii) novel approaches to electrode design that can overcome these restrictions, and (iii) how these designs can be realized at a scale and cost that makes them attractive to industry.

The research encompasses both optimisation of current manufacturing practices based on improved scientific insight, and the development of new electrode manufacturing processes. Across the Nextrode consortium, the research involves elements of design, modelling, manufacture, characterisation and data science.

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.

Other Information

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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Closing Date

16 Aug 2021

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