Research Associate in Ion Transport, Kinetics and Degradation Processes in Solid State Batteries
Imperial College London Department of Materials
United Kingdom

Job summary

Study of ion transport, transfer kinetics and degradation processes taking place in all solid-state batteries, including electrodes, interfaces and bulk and grain boundaries of solid electrolytes. This post is to investigate the transport at an atomistic level in all-solid-state batteries through materials design using a combination of experimental and computational approaches. You will evaluate bulk, surface and interface properties of the...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01151
  • Date posted 18 December 2019
  • Closing date 20 January 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington and White City Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Materials
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Study of ion transport, transfer kinetics and degradation processes taking place in all solid-state batteries, including electrodes, interfaces and bulk and grain boundaries of solid electrolytes.

This post is to investigate the transport at an atomistic level in all-solid-state batteries through materials design using a combination of experimental and computational approaches. You will evaluate bulk, surface and interface properties of the electrolytes under ex situ operando conditions using adaptive kinetic Monte Carlo techniques and experimental bulk and surface-sensitive techniques. You will be expected to assist in the synthesis and processing of the electrolytes in the form of pellets and thin films and to fully characterise them chemically, structurally, morphologically, mechanically and electrochemically. The appointee will be central to the work of the collaborative project and part of their role will be to interact with the project partners.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Research:

  • Develop a novel computational methodology to study the local structural changes and long timescale dynamics at interfaces in all-solid-state batteries (ASSB) at the atomistic level.
  • Validate the computational studies with experiments and so perform the synthesis and processing of a range of oxides in the form of dense pellets and thin films
  • Chemical, structural and microstructural characterization of bulk, surfaces and interfaces using adequate bulk and surface sensitive techniques
  • Undertake appropriate electrochemical measurements to assess resistance to ion and electron transport
  • Undertake the associated data analysis and interpretation of data
  • Help the other Research staff in the day to day management of the Electroceramic group laboratories
  • To liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations and the web
  • To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups
  • Oversee, supervise and train, in association with the head of laboratory undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • To comply with relevant College policies, including Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Information Systems Security Policy and Intellectual Property Rights and Register of Interests Policies

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

Qualifications:

For Research Assistant level, a first degree (or equivalent) or a masters (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry or materials science.

For Research Associate level, a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics or materials science and engineering using surface analysis techniques.

Experience and Knowledge:

Modelling dynamics and long timescales modelling with aKMC

Experience of the synthesis and processing of ceramics

Knowledge of battery cell materials and electrochemical characterisation

Experience of materials characterisation techniques including solid state NMR, impedance spectroscopy, diffraction techniques

Experience of surface analysis techniques

Demonstrated experience of appropriate data analysis techniques

Experience of mechanical testing

Experience of thermal analysis

Experience of oxygen isotopic exchange

Skills and Abilities:

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Demonstrable ability for innovation and original research

A proven publication record

Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment

Demonstrated ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature

Demonstrated ability to develop and apply new concepts

A creative approach to problem-solving

Experience of student management

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

For additional information please contact: Dr Ainara Aguadero a.aguadero@imperial.ac.uk, Professor Stephen Skinner, s.skinner@imperial.ac.uk

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, 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.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research

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