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Senior Research Associate in Nanoscale Characterisation of Na-ion Battery Materials (NEXGENNA)

Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Friday 17 April 2020
Reference:  A2922-R

Applications are invited for a researcher to work in the group of Prof. Oleg Kolosov in the Department of Physics at Lancaster University. You will use advanced nanoscale characterisation techniques to study electrochemical processes and material science of novel cathode and anode materials and the electrode – electrolyte interfaces in a new generation of rechargeable batteries. An overarching goal of the research is to advance the development of a novel Na-ion batteries by linking materials nanoscale structural and physico-chemical properties with performance of energy storage. 

You should have a PhD (or about to be awarded a PhD) in Material Science, Physics, Chemistry or relevant subject and will have experience in both nanoscale characterisation of materials and electrochemistry. You should have a strong publication record in these areas and exceptional experimental skills. You will implement scanning probe microscopy, micro-Raman, electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance and other advanced micro and nano-characterisation techniques in controlled environments required for studies of battery materials.

The position is funded through the ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge (Faraday Institution Phase-Two projects ( to work on the NEXGENNA project (Next Generation of Sodium-ion batteries). You will work in a multidisciplinary research group in close collaboration with leading academic partners from 5 institutions across the UK and top companies in the energy storage.

The initial position is available until March 2021, with an expectation that this will extend until September 2023, pending satisfactory project review.

Lancaster University is highly ranked in the top 10 in the UK university league tables. It is located on a beautiful campus in the North West of England close to the stunning Lake District National Park. The Department of Physics at Lancaster University provides an excellent research environment and in REF2014 was ranked 2nd in the UK for the number of research outputs judged to be of internationally leading (4 star) quality, with 28% of our publications in this top bracket. We strongly support the individual needs of each staff member and promote a healthy work-life balance. We are committed to the Athena Swan Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. In our drive to create a diverse, supportive community, we have attained Juno Champion and Athena SWAN Silver status.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Prof. Oleg Kolosov on

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