Research Assistant - Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group

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As a flagship research center in nanoscience and nanotechnology, our mission is to open and explore new frontiers of knowledge at the nanoscale, and bring value to society in the form of new understanding, capabilities and innovation, while inspiring and providing broad training to the next generations of researchers.

Our research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded with the Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence distinction for three consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022 and 2023-2026). ICN2 comprises 20 Research Groups, 7 Technical Development and Support Units and Facilities, and 2 Research Platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Job Title: Research Assistant

Research area or group: Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group

Description of Group/Project:

Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group works in materials science and electrochemistry for energy-related applications. It leads several research projects and industrial contracts in energy storage and conversion. We design and synthesise new materials, including graphene and other nanocarbons, nanostructured conducting polymers and hybrid nanocomposite materials for their use in energy storage devices, such as rechargeable lithium batteries or other non-lithium technologies (i.e. sodium and zinc), supercapacitors and hybrid devices.

Main Tasks and responsibilities:

Support on the development of a novel battery concept based on nanopastes.  The main task and responsibilities will be:

  • Electroactive nanomaterials preparation and their characterization (CV, FTIR, TEM, SEM...)
  • Cell assembly (swagelock, coin-cells and pouch-cells) and ad-hoc devices.
  • Electrochemical measurements (CV, GCD, Impedance) for cell characterization.
  • Post-mortem analysis of cells
  • Patent/paper/ reports writing 


  • Education: Degree in Chemistry or Engineering 
  • Knowledge:

Supercapacitors and batteries development, preparation of nanomaterials (inorganic and/or organic), Characterization techniques for nanomaterials (electrochemical, electronic microscopy, chemical analysis)

  • Professional Experience: 3 years
  • Personal Competences:

Proactivity, team-working.  Good communication and writing skills in English will be required (Spanish and/or Catalan desirable).

Summary of conditions:

  • Full time work (37,5h/week)
  • Contract Length: end of project
  • Location: Bellaterra (Barcelona)
  • Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
  • Support to the relocation issues.
  • Life Insurance.

Estimated Incorporation date: 28 October 2023

Contrato financiado por el proyecto  PLEC2022-009328 financiado por MCIN/AEI /10.13039/501100011033 y por la Unión Europea NextGenerationEU/ PRTR

How to apply:

All applications must be made via the ICN2 website and include the following:

  • A cover letter.
  • A full CV including contact details.
  • 2 Reference letters or referee contacts.
  • Deadline for applications: 6 October 2023

    Equal opportunities:

    ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

    ICN2 is following the procedure for contract of people with disabilities according with article 59 of the Royal Decree 1/2015, of 30 of October.

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