Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in polymer processing and cell fabrication using functional polymers for solid state lithium batteries. The post is for a period of 24 months working with Professor Peter Bruce and Charlotte Williams. The Faraday Institution project, led by Oxford University, supports a large multi-institution research team working on solid state batteries. More information on the project can be found at SOLBAT - Next generation solid-state battery technology SOLBAT
This project builds upon prior success making and testing oxygenated polymers as both electrolytes and inorganic binders for in composite cathode materials, for lithium ion batteries. This post has specific responsibility to fabrication of cathodes, SPE and cells, including aspects of composite characterization and detailed electrochemical testing. Project SOLBAT is led by Prof. Peter Bruce, it also involves close collaboration with many academics at the University of Oxford (Pasta, Armstrong, Nellist, Grant), the University of Liverpool (Hardwick, Rosseinsky) and the University of Warwick (Figiel).
You should hold a PhD in lithium ion Battery testing or have submitted a thesis prior to taking up your appointment. You must have experience in cell fabrication, complete testing of battery performances and in the processing of inorganic-organic composites for use in batteries. Expertise in the formulation and testing of polymers for batteries is also essential.
You should be skilled in the methods and techniques of anaerobic chemistry, including the use of Schlenk lines or glove boxes. You should have knowledge and experience of composite processing methods (solution and melt phase), cell fabrication (pouch and coin cells) and complete range of testing experimentation. Experience of using SEM to characterize materials and mechanical testing of composites would be desirable.
Manage your own research, administrative and data effectively and according to local guidelines. This requires the ability to work independently, to manage timescales and to work cooperatively within the broader team. You must have a demonstrated research competence, as judged by publications and/or patents. Clear written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively in teams are essential.
The project involves close collaboration with a larger team working across Chemistry, Materials and Engineering, to deliver on this project you must be keen to work across disciplines and collaboratively.
The post will be based in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, 12 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TA and is available as soon as possible.
You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Friday 7 May 2021. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.
The University of Oxford and the Department of Chemistry are Athena SWAN Silver award holders. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in Chemistry research posts in Oxford.