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Research Associate - Faraday Battery Challenge: Sodium-nickel chloride (NaNiCl2) prototype battery system

Salary:   £28,331 to £32,817
Closing Date:   Tuesday 22 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3407

This 9 month post has been created as a result of an award from Innovate UK under the Faraday Battery Challenge program.

The award is to enable a consortium of companies and universities to demonstrate an innovative sodium-nickel chloride (NaNiCl2) prototype battery system for automotive applications.  This development project focuses on scaling up manufacturing from current lab-scale volumes and applying advanced engineering simulations to improve cell and system performance.  The Consortium is led by LiNa Energy ( who developed the novel battery technology at the heart of this project. Lancaster University will contribute advanced engineering simulations.

The Research Associate employed on this project will deliver a validated numerical (FEA/CFD) model that can optimise the design of battery packs to improve thermal management, as well as inform best practice for monitoring their performance during use. The research will be supervised by Professor Andrew Kennedy and Dr David Cheneler in the Engineering Department at Lancaster University, with support from LiNa Energy who are also based in Lancaster.

Lancaster University is a top-10 university in the UK and in the top-125 in the World. The Engineering Department is a broad-based engineering centre, with a record of innovative teaching, world-class research and integration with industry; it offers modern research facilities supported by highly experienced academic staff.

The minimum requirements for the role are a MEng, MSc or MPhil in a discipline that demonstrates expertise relating to numerical modelling of heat and fluid flow, but preferably a PhD in this discipline. Demonstrable experience in process data collection, data processing and analysis, within the broad context of engineering, is also required. The role holder will need to be an effective communicator and be able to manage their time efficiently.

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which at this time is for 9 months.

Informal enquires should be directed to: Professor Andrew Kennedy (Lancaster University); Email: 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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