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Research Assistant/Associate/Senior Associate - Measurement of Battery Degradation

Requisition ID:  3602

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £28,331.00 - £55,750.00 

Closing Date: 17 April 2020


The Role


This is an exiting exciting opportunity for you to join the School of Natural and Environmental Science and the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that is dedicated to  understanding the degradation of Li-Ion batteries (LIB) (https://faraday.ac.uk/research/lithium-ion/extending-battery-life/).   


The activity is led by Cambridge University and includes 8 academic and 10 industrial partners. Newcastle University is leading a key work package focussing on the measurement techniques of degradation of LIB and the modelling of degradation.


We will investigate the degradation of LIBs with scanning probe microscopy employing electrochemical atomic force microscopy and electrochemical scanning tunnelling microscopy and develop novel external measurement circuitry to determine degradation and compare results with existing measurement techniques. Findings from both will be combined with the results of our partners to obtain a holistic understanding of degradation processes in LIBs.  


You will have a PhD (Associate Level) or be working towards a PhD (Assistant Level) in chemistry/physical chemistry or physics and  in electrical engineering or signal processing depending on which project you work on.


Funding is available for 6-12 months depending on experience.


For informal enquiries please contact Prof Ulrich Stimming at (ulrich.stimming@ncl.ac.uk) or Prof Volker Pickert at (volker.pickert@ncl.ac.uk).  


For more information about our Schools, please click on the links below:

School of Natural and Environmental Science (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/); Structure and Dynamics of Energy Materials Group (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/research/chemistry/structure/#staff)

School of Engineering (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/); Electrical Power Group (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/research/eee/power/).


Key Accountabilities

  • Contribution to the research programme of the School/Institute under the clear guidance of a member of an academic staff or Principal Investigator
  • Use initiative and creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes
  • Co-ordinate own work with that of others, deal with problems which may affect the achievement of research objectives and contribute to the planning of the project(s)
  • Present information on research progress and outcomes to a Principal Investigator or groups overseeing the research project
  • Write up results from own research activity and provide input into the research project’s dissemination, in whatever form (report, papers, chapters, book)
  • Work to deadlines and manager, with support, competing priorities
  • Ensure that personal knowledge in relevant fields of study is kept up to date
  • Use research resources (including, where required, laboratories, workshops and specialist equipment) as appropriate
  • Maintain academic standards and freedom, and work in accordance with university policies (e.g. equal opportunities, health and safety policies)
  • Possible supervision and demonstration duties within undergraduate laboratories and example classes or in teaching small seminar classes
  • Undertake relevant training and development activities to develop capacity for taking on wider responsibilities
  • Develop, with advice, an awareness of own professional development needs and a personal development strategy

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience



  • Knowledge in measurement circuitry, modelling and analysis of measurement results.
  • Knowledge of interfacial electrochemistry, double layer structure and interfacial reactions; comprehensive understanding of electrochemical techniques.
  • Excellent interpersonal and project management skills, capable of working proactively in a multi-disciplinary team, and excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Knowledge in batteries and their degradation
  • Experience in electric circuit design to improve measurments
  • Experience in big research output data collection, storage, management and quality check.
  • Evidence of originality, innovation, creativity and research track record including publications in high-calibre journals.
  • Experience in working with industry and in presenting research at national and international conferences.

Attributes and Behaviour


  • Excellent in English communication with self-motivation, enthusiasm and open-minded attitude.


  • Willingness to travel and visit project partners, and work under pressure to achieve deadlines.
  • Experience in public engagement and disseminating research via professional and social media.


  • PhD (or near completion for Assistant level) in relevant discipline in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Signal Processing or a related discipline.
  • Excellent in using measurement equipment and understanding measurement errors.
  • Excellent in simulation and programming.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 3602