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We are currently accepting applications for up to three postdoctoral research associate positions within the group focusing on Electrodes for Li-ion Batteries: Mechanisms and Degradation.

One project will explore, for example, the role of composition, surface coatings and surface dopants on lifetime, performance and stability of nickel-rich and cobalt-free positive electrode materials for Li-ion batteries in half and full-cells. The successful candidate will be expected to review and define materials of interest based on existing literature and ongoing work at Cambridge, perform experimental characterisation of new cathode materials, and perform modelling and data analysis to link local chemical effects with observed lithium dynamics and materials performance.

The successful candidate will use operando optical microscopy methods, electrochemical methods (potentiometry, CV, EIS, GITT), and nuclear magnetic resonance methods (MAS-NMR) to study lithium diffusion and transport and therefore, familiarity with these techniques is desirable. They may collaborate with other partners to rationalise experimental results using a variety of modelling/simulation methods. The successful candidate for this role will be responsible for regular interactions with key industry partners. Thus, prior experience working and/or collaborating with materials and battery industry partners – or helping to coordinate research group teams, including writing of short reports – is desirable.

A second role involves a direct collaboration with the Faraday Institution (FI) Degradation project and participating in regular relevant FI meetings. A third role will largely focus on anode materials. Both roles require extensive experience with electrochemistry, and analysis of degradation processes. Experience with techniques such as DEMS/OEMS, impedance measurements, building full cells is desirable. Candidates with extensive experience with NMR spectroscopy and experience with paramagnetic materials and solid-state NMR spectroscopy will also be considered.

 

Further information, as well as a link to the application, can be found here: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/38245/

 

We are also accepting applications for a post-doctoral research associate position to work on a project led by Dr Israel Temprano within the group led by Prof. Dame Clare P. Grey (https://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/group/grey) developing electrolytes for fast charging energy dense lithium-ion batteries.

The UKRI funded project will explore the role of electrolyte composition, electrode morphology and surface functionalisation on lifetime and performance of cells with high-rate anode and high-capacity cathode materials for fast charging Li-ion batteries in collaboration with various industrial and academic partners. The nature and extent of degradation reactions which occur at both positive and negative electrodes especially at high temperatures resulting of fast charging will be primary focus of investigation.

Further information, as well as a link to the application, can be found here: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/38428/

We are always looking for applicants with a strong background in battery research/characterisation, energy storage materials, solid-state NMR, DNP NMR, and related techniques. Please feel free to email Prof. Clare Grey (cpg27@cam.ac.uk), Dr. Oliver Pecher (op261@cam.ac.uk) and Dr. Chris O'Keefe (co402@cam.ac.uk) your initiative application including a short CV and motivation letter as PDF. Please do not hesitate to email Dr. Oliver Pecher if you have further questions.