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RA in Mechanics of Li Ion Batteries - Cambridge University

Lithium ion batteries with solid state electrolytes are prone to degradation by a range of mechanisms including dendrite formation, void formation and swell-induced fatigue and micro-cracking. The topology of the battery plays a role over a number of length scales, from macro scale geometry of battery to the microstructural scale of the cathode. The kinetics of plating and stripping of lithium at free surfaces play a major role, along with the role of topology in terms of both performance and failure mechanisms.

There is a research opening for a Research Associate at the post-doctoral level (or a researcher who is soon to receive their PhD), with proven experimental experience on innovative methods of materials testing and possibly with previous research on batteries or related electrochemical technology. The job is to perform operando visualisations and other related experiments to develop an understanding for the role of mechanics in affecting the electrochemical performance of a lithium ion battery, with particular emphasis on failure mechanisms. In this this regard the laboratory has facilities for in-situ electro-mechanical testing of lithium ion batteries within a dedicated argon chamber, tomography facilities, and a hot press to manufacture solid state electrolytes. The key responsibilities and duties are to conduct experimental research into the mechanics of batteries, and is also expected take part in collaborative work, contribute to seminars, and to take part in the research group's activities, and publish in the open literature and liaise with the sponsors. The successful candidate must have obtained, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. Must have some research experience, and a publication record.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £27,929 - £32,348 Research Associate: £34,308 - £42,155

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a list of publications and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

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