The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in Physics, Materials or related subject. Experience with lithium-ion battery calculation and characterization is desirable but not essential. Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, if the first language is not English. This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality.
The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.
The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of 5,000 RMB as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. However, he or she is eligible for a research study visit to the University of Liverpool of up to six months, if this is required by the project.
The fast expansion of lithium-ion batteries as the power source of electric vehicles and electronic devices has inspired intensive research interests in the development of electrode materials. The electrochemical performance of electrode is largely affected by the properties of solid electrolyte interphase (SEI), which is a passivation film formed on the surface of electrode materials. In this project, fundamental properties, such as electronic, morphological and compositional properties of SEI in lithium-ion batteries will be calculated and characterized to investigate the structure-property relationships between the SEI formation and the battery performance. The project will be implemented mainly by computational methods such as first-principles calculation, and complemented by experimental approaches of scanning force microscopy and Xray photoelectron spectroscopy.
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How to Apply:
Interested applicants are advised to email [Email Address Removed] (XJTLU principal supervisor’s email address) the following documents for initial review and assessment (please put the project title in the subject line).
- Two reference letters with company/university letterhead
- Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
- Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of 6.5 or above)
- Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
- Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
- PDF copy of Master Degree dissertation (or an equivalent writing sample) and examiners reports available
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Xi Chen ([Email Address Removed]), whose personal profile is linked below,