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PhD Studentship in Advanced Battery Technologies - Development of tools and techniques for battery safety qualification (in partnership with NPL)

  • Full or part time
    Dr P Shearing
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description


The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking students to work on PhD projects related to advanced batteries for automotive applications.

The Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) is an internationally leading hub for research in electrochemical science and engineering. The EIL’s approach is to embody scientific, engineering and commercial thinking in the research phase. In this way the EIL identifies commercial opportunities early, considers the engineering and commercial implications of the science and builds research programmes to accelerate the science into commercial products.
The EIL is very well equipped with a range of fabrication, test and analysis equipment, providing one of the best research environments for electrochemical technology development in the world.


The project will be aligned to the UK’s recent investment in battery technologies through the the Faraday Challenge, and will benefit from close interaction with industry. The project is focused on:

- Development of tools and techniques for battery safety qualification (in partnership with NPL)


The candidate will have or be expected to obtain a degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or an associated discipline. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment using experimental and modelling research tools is expected. Effective written and verbal communication, good time-management and the ability to work in a team are essential.


Please note that due to funding restrictions the post is open to UK/EU citizens only. Further details about the studentship are available at the bottom of this page.
The successful applicant must hold (or soon be expecting to obtain) a 1st, 2:1 (and/or M.Sc.) in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline (e.g. chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, materials) and be a UK or EU citizen.
Two of the studentships are funded by EPSRC, to be eligible you will need to be a UK national or EU ONLY if the EU national has been in the UK 3 years prior to the start date of their PhD.
The closing date for applications by email is 30th April 2020, however the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found, so we recommend that you apply by sending a CV and cover letter via e-mail to Prof Paul Shearing () or Prof Dan Brett () as soon as possible.

Funding Notes

Stipend: £17432 per annum + UK/EU fees

Start date: October 2020

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