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Position: Research Fellow
Institution: University of Warwick
Department: Wmg
Location: Coventry, England, United Kingdom
Duties: The ever-increasing demand for Li-ion batteries combined with the volatility of the global Li market have led to Na-ion batteries receiving strong industrial and academic attention over the last decade. This has resulted in significant advances in this field, with multiple industrial firms making significant strides towards a commercial Na-ion battery
Requirements: Good honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent doctoral qualification in relevant discipline (Chemistry preferred and Material Science-related are acceptable)
   
Text: Research Fellow (Na-ion Cathodes) (106410-0922) Click here to go back to search results Apply Now Vacancy Type/Job category Research Only Department WMG Salary ?32,348 - ?42,155 per annum Location University of Warwick, Coventry Vacancy Overview Fixed Term Contract until 30/09/2024 Synthesis, characterisation, and electrochemical study of Na-ion Cathodes The ever-increasing demand for Li-ion batteries combined with the volatility of the global Li market have led to Na-ion batteries receiving strong industrial and academic attention over the last decade. This has resulted in significant advances in this field, with multiple industrial firms making significant strides towards a commercial Na-ion battery. Considering these developments, to bolster the Na-ion battery activities at WMG, we are seeking a Research Fellow to carry out (1) synthesis and characterisation of different layered Na-ion cathode materials, and (2) evaluate its electrochemical performance at the full coin cell-level balanced with suitable anodes. The successful candidate will utilize the existing synthetic and, characterisation facilities in WMG including but not limited to diffraction, X-ray spectroscopy and electron microscopy. They will also be able to collaborate with other researchers within the wider Electrochemical Materials group. As part of the development and application of these capabilities the candidate may also be expected to train personnel, along with assisting supervisors on developing new research projects. We will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities. At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so. If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (?31,411). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (?32,348). Interview Date: TBC Job Description Job Purpose You will undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of the project. Project Specific Responsibilities ? Synthesise and characterise layered Na-ion cathode materials and evaluate their synthesis-property relationships. ? Perform electrochemical characterisation of the synthesised cathodes in suitable full cells. ? Assist in the development of Na-ion battery research in WMG. Principal Accountabilities Research and scholarship 1. Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint research. 2. Conduct individual and collaborative research projects. 3. Write up research work for publication. 4. Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity. 5. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda. 6. May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups. 7. May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other bodies. 8. Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature. 9. Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism. Teaching and Learning Support 1. Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the department. 2. Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills. 3. May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of projects. Administration and Other Activities 1. May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University. 2. Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work. 3. Work within budget constraints. Person Specification The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation. Essential Criteria 1 Good honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent doctoral qualification in relevant discipline (Chemistry preferred and Material Science-related are acceptable). (a) Essential Criteria 2 Demonstrate skills in the inorganic synthesis of battery materials and basic characterisation (XRD, SEM) (a, c, d) Essential Criteria 3 Demonstrate battery assembly/fabrication. Pouch cell-level is desired. Strong electrochemical testing/analysis skills are required.(a, c, d) Essential Criteria 4 Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant field (a, c, d) Essential Criteria 5 A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high quality research output (a, c) Essential Criteria 6 Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes (a, c, d) Essential Criteria 7 Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects (a, c) Essential Criteria 8 An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content (a, c) Essential Criteria 9 Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a, c, d) Essential Criteria 10 Good interpersonal skills (a, c) Essential Criteria 11 Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and contribute positively to a collegial team environment and to be able to work independently (a, c) Essential Criteria 12 Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines (a, c) Desirable Criteria 1 Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both academic and, where relevant, industry audiences (a, c) Further Particulars For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars . For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website . For further information on the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, please see our website at WMG :: High Value Manufacturing Catapult (warwick.ac.uk) Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here . The University of Warwick holds an Athena SWAN Silver award; a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. Further information about the work of the University in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: Athena Swan (warwick.ac.uk) The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance , whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses. Right to work in the UK If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/or are seeking sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa. Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants? suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University?s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice. Closing Date 10 Oct 2022 Apply Now Email this job to a friend
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