Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Manufacture, Structure and Performance of Next Generation Battery Electrodes

University of Oxford

We’re looking for an excellent candidate to work on the design and improvement of latest approaches to the fabrication of electrodes for Li ion batteries. Core to the analysis is realising in follow the idea of a “structured electrode” (often known as a sensible electrode) wherein the native composition (lively, binder, conductivity, and so forth), perform, porosity (fraction, form) and general microstructure is managed from place to position, in keeping with a design that goals to maximise the general required efficiency steadiness (power, energy, lifetime, value, and so forth) of the electrode and the battery. A number of the analysis work will concentrate on new methods of reaching sensible electrodes through solvent free, or dry, processing.

The analysis types a part of the big multi-institution collaborative mission entitled Subsequent Era Electrodes (NEXTRODE) funded by the UK’s Faraday Establishment. 

The appointed individual will collaborate with different researchers and technicians within the group, elsewhere inside the Division and the College, and throughout the Nextrode consortium together with industrial companions. The work might be primarily experimental targeted on course of improvement, electrode manufacture and efficiency evaluation, however relying on the abilities of the profitable applicant, may contain some points of novel tools improvement, microstructural evaluation, information science or different related space. 

The submit is funded initially till 31 March 2025 though there’s the opportunity of extension till 30 September 2025, topic to the supply and renewal of exterior funding. 

With a background in supplies science, supplies processing or associated engineering or bodily sciences self-discipline, you may be self-motivated, imaginative and capable of plan and ship a analysis mission.  You should have a PhD (or be close to completion) in one of many above disciplines and have expertise that’s centred on experimental, hands-on manufacture associated to battery fabrication. 

The general purpose of the Nextrode mission is to grab the emergent alternative within the manufacture of sensible electrodes by investigating: (i) the underlying explanation why present Li ion battery electrode efficiency in follow falls nicely wanting idea, (ii) novel approaches to electrode design that may overcome these restrictions, and (iii) how these designs could be realized at a scale and price that makes them engaging to business. Throughout the Nextrode consortium, the analysis includes components of design, novel course of and tools improvement, modelling, manufacture, characterisation and information science.  

All purposes have to be made on-line utilizing the Oxford College E-Recruitment system, no later than 12 midday on 6 October 2023. You’ll be required to add a CV and a Supporting Assertion as a part of your utility. Please don’t connect any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these won’t be thought of as a part of your utility.

Interviews are scheduled to happen on the Division of Supplies on Friday 27 October 2023 and also you have to be out there on this date, both by Groups or in individual. Please notice in regular circumstances solely interview journey bills inside the UK might be reimbursed.

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