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Research Associate Informing Battery Research through Electrochemical Surface Science

Chemistry
Salary:   £27,831 to £32,236
Closing Date:   Sunday 07 July 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 17 July 2019
Reference:  A2692

The Electrochemical Surface Science group at Lancaster University is looking to employ a research associate at the postdoctoral level for a period of 12 months. You will be in charge of investigating the early stages of cathodic electrolyte interphase (CEI) formation at model Li-containing electrode materials during battery operation (charging/discharging).  

Key aspects of the work will be to directly image CEI formation under potential control, using scanning probe techniques (electrochemical scanning tunnelling microscopy and/or atomic force microscopy (EC-STM/EC-AFM)), and to investigate dissolution processes during charging/discharging by chemical analysis of the electrolyte.  

The project is a collaboration with the University of Twente (NL) in the context of Alistore, a European research network that brings together academic and industrial expertise related to future battery science and technology.

You should hold a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or a related discipline. We expect experience with high-precision electrochemistry and in-line analysis of electrolyte composition (e.g. using inductively coupled plasma-based techniques).  Experience with glove box operation and electrochemical scanning probe techniques for surface imaging (EC-STM/EC-AFM) is an advantage.

Surrounded by three national parks and the Irish Sea, Lancaster is a great place to work and live. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address equality issues in higher education and research. We warmly welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

This is a full time, fixed term role for 12 months.

Informal enquiries to Dr Stijn Mertens, head of the Electrochemical Surface Science group (s.mertens@lancaster.ac.uk). 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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