The wholesale change from combustion to electric powertrains for passenger and light goods vehicles presents a number of challenges. Not only the pace of change desired by politicians, but technical, design, manufacturing, and resource availability all place barriers in the way to achieving a low carbon transport system. There are competing demands for materials for future vehicles with other fast-growing technologies. Some of these materials are exotic or rare. The aim is to look at patterns in 'peak use' and to link demand and price to estimate the resources that may be available for low carbon cars of the future.
Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper‐second class honours degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage. Good mathematical skills are essential. In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and independently, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.