Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lithium Ion Battery and Pack Modelling Imperial College London, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Postdoctoral Research Associate in lithium ion battery and pack modelling


Job summary

Job listing information

Reference ENG00216

Date posted 16 February 2018

Closing date 20 March 2018



South Kensington Campus

Position type

Full time, fixed term


Internationally competitive plus benefits Department Department of Mechanical Engineering Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher


Job description


Salary Range: £32,380 - £39,800


The Electrochemical Science and Engineering group at Imperial College London is looking to employ a modeller to work within a large consortium. The Electrochemical Science and Engineering group is multi-disciplinary research group spanning across the Mechanical Engineering, Dyson School of Design Engineering, and Earth Science and Engineering. The group currently consists of 9 academic staff, >10 post-doctoral research associates and >20 PhD students. In this role the successful applicant will work with Dr Gregory Offer and Dr Monica Marinescu within Mechanical Engineering.


The successful candidate will develop physics based lithium-ion battery models incorporating electrochemical, thermal, chemical and mechanical phenomenon. You will work within a large team to draw new physics into the models to better describe their performance as well as develop better control algorithms. A degree of experimental validation will also be required for the model, however this post is predominantly modelling based.


The project is part of the recently announced >£10M Faraday Institution project on Multi-Scale Modelling of Lithium Ion Batteries. This is a collaboration between 22 academics across 7 Universities in the UK. The successful candidate will therefore join a large team aiming to make substantial and game changing advances in lithium ion battery modelling which will have a significant impact on the automotive and battery industries. Collaboration both nationally and internationally will be encouraged and there is a substantial training budget available.


Duties and responsibilities


You will be expected to:

  • Develop physics based models of lithium-ion batteries and battery packs.
  • Experimentally parameterise or work with experimentalists to validate the models.
  • Interpret experimental data.
  • Work closely with industry and academic partners.
  • Attend progress and project meetings.
  • Write progress reports and academic papers.
  • Promote the work of the group and the project at external events and academic conferences.


Essential requirements


Ideal skills, knowledge and experience include:

  • A PhD in Physical Sciences, or Engineering, or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.
  • Experience with electrochemical devices such as batteries.
  • Experience with modelling techniques.
  • Experience with testing batteries or working with experimentalists.
  • Experience with battery diagnostic techniques.
  • Working in a research environment and good practice in research.
  • Publication in relevant and refereed journals.
  • Working in or with industry.


Further information


This is a fixed term position for 36 months.


Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.


Should you have any queries about the role, please contact: Dr Monica Marinescu For queries regarding the application process, please contact: Helen Stoneham



  • Job Description & Person Specification.docx


About Imperial College London


Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.


You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.


We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.


It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.


Additional information


Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 


In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.


Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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