Research Fellow in Materials Chemistry - School of Chemistry - 96041 - Grade 7

Updated: 14 days ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Job Type: Temporary

Research Fellow in Materials Chemistry - School of Chemistry - 96041 - Grade 7 - (200001WD)



Research Fellow in Materials Chemistry - 96041

Position Details:

Area: School of Chemistry in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792 (Grade 7)

Hours: Full-time

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 24 months

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 27 June 2020


The Faraday Institution has funded a new research consortium on ‘Next generation lithium-ion cathode materials (CATMAT)’ to explore and develop new materials for batteries that can be used for electric vehicles. The multidisciplinary team includes the University of Birmingham, University of Bath, University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, University College London and Diamond Light Source.

The CATMAT project will aim to transform fundamental understanding of novel cathodes that currently prevent the use of nickel-rich cathode materials (with low or no cobalt) and lithium-rich cathodes. It will identify the most promising new cathode materials, scaling up their synthesis and assimilating them into fully battery cells to demonstrate performance.

A Research Fellow position is available in the area of advanced characterisation of cathode materials in the groups of Dr Phoebe Allan and Professor Peter Slater in the School of Chemistry and Professor Emma Kendrick in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham.  The research programme will develop advanced multi-modal characterisation methods based on X-ray and neutron techniques and apply to novel lithium-ion cathode materials in order to elucidate structure-property relationships. 

The research will have strong links to the synthesis, scale-up and computer modelling aspects of the CATMAT consortium as well as providing opportunity to interact and collaborate with industrial partners.  

Summary of Role

To perform research within the Faraday Institution-funded project ‘Next generation lithium-ion cathode materials (CATMAT)’

Operate within the Schools of Chemistry and Metallurgy and Materials, linking with other researchers involved in this consortium project

Analyse, interpret and publish research findings and results 

Participate in and present at meeting at conferences, particularly consortium meetings and Faraday Institution research conferences 

Liaise with other partner universities and industries to identify, assess and optimise potential new cathode materials. 

Help to supervise PhD students working on the project

Main Duties/Responsibilities
To undertake research into lithium-ion battery cathode materials. 
Contribute to writing beamtime proposals for synchrotron X-ray/neutron beamtime and other appropriate techniques
Liaise with beamline staff and researchers from other institution to ensure the success of beamtime experiments. 
To design and develop and optimise experimental apparatus where required. 
To analyse and interpret X-ray/neutron diffraction, scattering and spectroscopy data.
To contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
To undertake management/administration arising from the research project to ensure that progress is made to achieving project milestones.
Disseminate research findings for publication, conference research seminars, etc.
Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
Contribute to appropriate enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University
Person Specification
First degree in Chemistry or Materials and a PhD (or close to completion) in Solid State/Materials Chemistry or a closely related field are essential.
Experience in Solid State Chemistry Synthesis techniques and characterisation, including X-ray/neutron powder diffraction, and pair distribution analysis
Experience in total scattering and pair distribution function analysis is essential
Experience in performing and developing in situ experiments at synchrotron/neutron sources is essential.
Experience in spectroscopic methods (e.g. X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy) is desirable.
Experience in working on energy materials is desirable
Ability to communicate complex information clearly
Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 
Ability to contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project is essential
Experience in supervising the work of research students is desirable
Informal enquiries can be made to Peter Slater; 
The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer, and the School of Chemistry welcomes flexible working to suit family or other commitments. The University has on-campus childcare facilities. The School of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its work in promoting women’s careers in STEM subjects in higher education.
We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community
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Primary Location
: GB-GB-Birmingham
: Academic Non-clinical
: Chemistry
: Temporary
Job Posting
: 26.05.2020, 7:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description): Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis)
: 30,942.00
Maximum Salary
: 42,792.00
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