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Research Fellow in Atomistic Materials Modelling for Li-Sulphur Batteries

Chemical & Process Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £36,024 to £39,347 per annum depending on experience
Fixed Term Contract until 31/03/2025
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Thursday 18 July 2024
Interview Date:  Thursday 25 July 2024
Reference:  031924

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. 

We are ambitious and have a bold vision of what we want to achieve - shaping ourselves into one of the best universities in the world, which we are achieving through the talents and endeavour of every employee.  

Our culture empowers people to achieve this aim and to collectively, and individually, make a real difference.  

The role

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Atomistic Materials Modelling for Li-Sulphur Batteries. The Research Fellow will be part of a large consortium LiSTAR ( involving ten UK universities, aiming to develop high performance and long cycle life Li-sulphur batteries. The Research Fellow is expected to collaborate closely with partners on the LiSTAR project to combine modelling with experimental for designing better materials for Li-sulphur batteries. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with solid research experience in atomistic materials modelling to carry out density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for batteries. The candidate is expected to be familiar with or willing to learn about battery materials including electrolyte, cathode,  and metal anode.

The post will be based within the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (SCCE) at the University of Surrey, and will have opportunity to interact with a vibrant Sustainable Energy and Materials research team with 15 academics and more than 50 PhD and postdoc researchers. The Sustainable Energy and Materials team at the University of Surrey has a strong background in the design, synthesis, optimisation and application of advanced functional materials for energy conversion and storage. The research group has specific interests in multiscale materials modelling combined with experimental approaches for a variety of sustainable electrochemical technologies including fuel cells, electrolysers, and batteries. 

This position currently has an end date on 31 March 2025, but with possibility for further extension of at least one year. The preferred start date would be on 02 September 2024.

About you

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Physics or other relevant major degrees. Prior experience in DFT and MD simulations are essential.  Scientific publications in recognized journals are expected of the candidates to demonstrate their research skills and scientific writing skills. 

How to apply

Candidates should apply online, carefully answer all the application form questions, and attach a curriculum vitae (with details on education, research experiences, successes and the relevant publications to date). As part of the application, the applicant should also upload two letters of recommendation as the supporting documents. 

Prospective applicants can contact Professor Qiong Cai ( if they need any specific further information on the post. 

Interviews likely to be end of week commencing 22nd July via MS Teams video.

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For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.
In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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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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