Vacancy Type/Job category
£30,942 - £40,322 per annum
University of Warwick - Coventry
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
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
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
Interview Date - TBC
You will be employed to work on the Nextrode project in collaboration with
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our
University Further Particulars.
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental
Energy Innovation Centre
Full details of this multi-million pound research facility can be found via
the following link:
https: // warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/research/hvmcatapult/energyinnovationcentre
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
The Nextrode consortium comprises a number of leading UK universities
including: Warwick, UCL and the universities of Oxford, Sheffield, Birmingham
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 (faraday.ac.uk).
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
(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.
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