Job description


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  • Salary £32,236.00 - £39,606.00 gross per year
  • Oxford


Job Reference : S&E-14266
Location : Harwell, Oxfordshire
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 13/08/2019
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum depending on experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Materials Chemistry
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : Available immediately until 21 February 2021

A position as a Faraday Institution Research Associate is available in the group of Dr. Robert Weatherup, based at Diamond Light Source on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. You will perform research into reactions occurring at electrode-electrolyte interfaces in Li-ion batteries, which play a pivotal role in determining real-world battery performance. The work will include the development of novel operando x-ray spectroscopy methods (XPS/XAS) for probing these interfaces in Li-ion batteries during operation. This is part of a large, interdisciplinary project on Li-ion battery degradation funded through the Faraday Institution, the UK’s institute for electrochemical energy storage science.

The position is affiliated with the University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry but will be based full-time at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. This offers unparalleled access to national research facilities including the Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, and the Central Laser Facility. The research group has a number of established collaborations with instrument-scientist at these facilities, and a high success-rate in beamtime applications. Well-equipped laboratories for battery fabrication and testing are hosted on-site within the Research Complex at Harwell and Diamond Light Source.

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, engineering, or a related discipline, with a proven track record of research and publications. Experience in applying for and using synchrotron techniques is an advantage, as is a working knowledge of x-ray spectroscopy and/or electrochemistry. You will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary environment and interact with a team of scientists with a wide range of expertise in materials science and electrochemistry. You should be capable of working under your own initiative, as well as providing daily guidance to PhD students within the group.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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