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PhD studentship: Quantification of Battery Materials Using Advanced Imaging Tools

Project Description

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking a student for a PhD studentship in the Quantification of Battery Materials Using Advanced Imaging Tools.

The closing date for applications by email is 31st May 2018, however the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found, so we recommend that you apply be sending a CV and cover letter via e-mail to Dr. Paul Shearing () or Prof Dan Brett () as soon as possible.

• To carry out experimental research in the field of battery characterisation and/or modelling
• To develop and apply new experimental and/or modelling research methods to characterise battery performance, degradation and failure
• To collaborate with a within a large research team
• To travel and visit collaborators as necessary.
• To prepare and present research findings to colleagues for review and collaboration purposes.
• To contribute to the drafting and submission of articles to appropriate peer reviewed journals and progress reports as required.
• To contribute to the overall activities of the research team and department as required.
• The successful candidate will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the post as requested by the line manager or Head of Department/Division.
• The successful candidate will actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies.
• The successful candidate will maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.


Knowledge and Qualifications
• Have or expected to obtain a first degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or associated discipline.
• Knowledge of electrochemical devices including fuel cells and batteries
• Knowledge of materials characterisation and imaging techniques
• Knowledge of modelling techniques

• Proficiency in conducting scientific experiments.
• Ability to analyse, develop and solve open-ended research problems.
• Ability to manage time and work to deadlines.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills (in English).
• Ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences.
• Willingness to work at interdisciplinary boundaries.
• Ability to interact with technical staff efficiently in order to achieve objectives.

• Prior experimental research experience.
• Experimental experience in fuel cells, batteries or other electrochemical technology.
• Experience of imaging techniques

Personal Qualities
• Commitment to the highest quality research.
• Ability to take initiative, and make independent contributions to research.
• Commitment to UCL’s policy of equal opportunities.
• Ability to interact with others in a friendly and constructive way.
• Commitment to health & safety and the well-being of the research team.

Funding Notes

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.

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