Research Associate/ Fellow (fixed term)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Nottingham, SCOTLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Oct 2022

Reference SCI370422

Closing Date Thursday, 6th October 2022

Job Type Research

Department Chemistry

Salary £28762 to £43414 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £32348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral research fellow to work with our lithium-sulfur battery team as part of the Faraday Institution LiStar project. Candidates must have (or almost completed) a PhD in physical chemistry, synthetic chemistry, electrochemistry, materials chemistry, or a related discipline.   The candidate will work within the Nottingham Applied Materials and Interfaces Group at the University of Nottingham, reporting to Dr Lee Johnson, Dr Graham Newton, and Dr Darren Walsh. The lithium-sulfur battery is very promising for our future energy-storage requirements, as it has the potential to exceed the specific energy of the lithium-ion battery. However, the performance of the battery is limited due to incomplete conversion of sulfur and low-rate capability. The project will focus on the development of electrolytes and additives that enable high performance. We encourage applicants with a range of skill sets to apply.

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage science and technology, supporting research, training, and analysis. We bring together scientists and industry partners on research projects to reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; to improve performance and reliability; and to develop whole-life strategies from mining to recycling to second use.

LiSTAR, Lithium-Sulfur Technology Accelerator The University of Nottingham will work alongside five other university partners and seven industrial partners to enable rapid improvements in Li-S technologies by generating new knowledge, materials and engineering solutions, thanks to its dual focus on fundamental research at material and cell level, and an improved approach to system engineering. 

This is a full-time (36.25 hours per week), fixed-term post and is available for a period of 12 months starting on the 1 October 2022 with an end date of 29 September 2023.

The School values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.  The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science. You can read more about what this means at and on our website

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Lee Johnson, Email: .

Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge .

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