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Research Fellow in the Chemistry of Battery Separator Membranes

Department of Chemistry

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £40,322
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Monday 06 September 2021
Closing Date:  Friday 24 September 2021
Interview Date:  Friday 01 October 2021
Reference:  051621

A post-doctoral Research Fellow is required to work in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Surrey and in the area of chemical modification of  battery separator membranes, as part of the Faraday Institution's LiSTAR programme ( for the accelerated development of lithium-sulfur battery technology.   The post is available from 01 October 2021 until 31st March 2022, with possible extension until 31st August 2023 subject to periodic funding reviews by the Faraday Institution.

The post will include the chemical modification of inorganic and polymeric materials (films and coatings), fabrication and use of electrodes, separators  and electrolytes, assembly of test devices (typically coin cells), and electrochemical testing (up to and including hundreds of cycles) using a range of techniques.   The work will include use of inert atmosphere enclosures and multi-channel electrochemical instrumentation.   It will also include advanced physicochemical characterisation of materials, using XRD, XPS, electron microscopies, optical spectroscopies and elemental analysis.

The post-holder will be a chemist or materials chemist who will have successfully completed PhD-level training; that completion will also be evident in papers accepted and published in peer reviewed journals.  That training, along with possible further experience, should ideally have included preparative materials chemistry and applied electrochemistry. The post-holder will report to Prof Bob Slade who is line manager for the associated work package (, 01483 682588, available to answer informal, non-confidential queries), supported by Dr Carole Crean, and will work in parallel to a work package on cathode materials that is led by Dr Crean (Chemistry, supported by Prof Slade

The various threads under the LiSTAR programme at Surrey (individual components of 3 national work packages managed from elsewhere on behalf of the Faraday Institution, are coordinated by Prof Contantina Lekakou (Mechanical Engineering Sciences). Both the university and the Faraday Institution are commited to training and career development for their staff.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.




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