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Innovation in battery cell and pack design

Project Description

University of Warwick and TBS Engineering Ltd. are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an International Engineering Doctorate awarded jointly by the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield.
As a ‘research engineer’ on our International Doctorate programme you will have unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities. While you will be based at University of Warwick and TBS Engineering Ltd., you will also spend time at Exeter and Cranfield Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your company and the global marketplace. This opportunity also provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs.


This is a fantastic opportunity to work with WMG, University of Warwick, the foremost UK facility for battery innovation, research and development, in association with TBS, the world leader in automated machinery for the lead acid battery industry.

Lead-acid batteries are ubiquitous for electrochemical energy storage. They are deployed on-board all types of vehicles, and useful to medium and large UPS systems in operation around the world.

This project focuses on innovation in battery cell and pack design for lead-acid battery. You will have the opportunity to learn and practice the latest advances in sealing and welding technologies, with a view to support TBS to research alternative methods and technologies that can be brought to the market in the near term.

As an EngD student your emphasis will be on research and innovation that addresses real-world issues. Your time will be split 50/50 between research (WMG) and industry (TBS), including regular knowledge exchange and supervision from senior industrial principals and world-leading academics in this field. You will also have full access to state-of-the-art facilities at WMG.


The current technique to seal a lead-acid battery is relevant for today’s approach. But, newer generations of lead-acid battery demand higher accuracy, faster processing and better methodologies for manufacture. TBS wants to consider discovery-driven research in sealing and welding technologies on route to realising a newer generation lead-acid battery.



Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in materials and engineering subjects including materials, mechanical, metallurgy, battery, manufacturing or electrochemical energy storage.


• High levels of innovative thought and lateral thinking
• Excellent analytical and reporting skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong computer skills and the ability to learn new software quickly
• Self-motivated, capable of working with minimal guidance and supervision, and within a team.
• Enthusiasm for the subject

To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

Funding Notes

Due to funding regulations this project is open to Home/EU students only.

The Studentship
Qualifying students an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances, paid by the Centre and topped up by a contribution from TBS Engineering Ltd. For 2018 this totals approximately £20,000 tax free per annum.

The funding is for four years and will also cover University tuition fees and all course fees as well as a travel allowance to attend courses.

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