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Research Associate Modelling and Optimization

Requisition ID:  24932

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  11-Jan-2023


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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.


Salary: £32,348 to £35,333 per annum


Closing Date: 23 February 2023


The Role


We are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic PDRA with experience in data-driven statistical mathematical modelling to join our group in developing models and optimisation decision-making toolkit for lithium-ion battery recovery and recycling

The candidate will be joining a team of researchers across six academic institutes and 15 industrial partners working on Recycling and Reuse of EV Lithium-ion batteries (ReLib) project. Please see project link below for more information.

Newcastle University is a world class research-intensive university. 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.

Electrochemical Engineering science group at School of Engineering is recognised as world leading with expertise focusing on electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Newcastle Chemical Engineering is renowned for expertise in data driven advanced process modelling, monitoring and control. Both Investigators: Prof. Mamlouk and Dr. Zhang has brings complementary expertise on battery science and engineering, neural network modelling and optimisation. You will be part of multiplanetary international teams of researchers with access to state-of-the-art facilities.

To find out more about current projects and colleagues please visit the below weblinks
ReLib Project
ReLiB 2.0 – Sustainable Management of Lithium-ion Batteries


Faraday Institution ReLib Project
ReLiB: Recycling and reuse of EV lithium-ion batteries - The Faraday Institution


Mohamed Mamlouk


Jie Zhang
Staff Profile - School of Engineering - Newcastle University (


Group web page


This role is offered on a Fixed term contract for 24 months with target start date of 1st April 2023. 

Informal enquiries and requests for more detailed project information should be directed to Prof. M Mamlouk (


Key Accountabilities 
•    Produce data driven statistical based mathematical models of Lithium-ion batteries
•    Work with experimentalists and industry to identify suitable model parameters and constraints
•    Build decision making multi objective optimisation algorithm based on industry informed constraints
•    Build visualising tool to show the evolution of key constraints in real time and their impact on optimum downstream solution 
•    Work closely with other researchers on the project within the group and consortium to share information and data to tune, optimise and validate models to ensure high efficiency and performance
•    Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding  
•    Support PhD and Master students during their research projects. Supervise and provide advice to junior staff and researchers on mathematical modelling practice
•    Produce publications, presentations and regular reports on progress  
•    Interacting with academic members and industrial members of the project partners, providing suitable paper, electronic and oral reporting 
Knowledge, Skills and Experience  
•    Experience of research with transferable skills in the field of data driven mathematical modelling  
•    Experience in using appropriate software to carry out the mathematical modelling (MATLAB, Python, etc)  
•    Experience in multi objective optimisation  
•    High level of analytical and problem solving capacity  
•    Ability to communicate complex information (verbally and written) with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others  
•    Ability to design and prepare professional reports and present findings to industrial and academic project partners at conferences and project meetings and write high quality scientific publications  
•    Ability and experience of supervision of junior staff, postgraduate and undergraduate research projects  
•    Experience in neural network modelling  
•    Experience in data modelling related to batteries  
•    Experience in building visualising tools 
Attributes and Behaviour 
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills 
•    Professional approach with a demonstrable commitment to dignity and respect in the workplace  
•    Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the general public and external stakeholders and the ability to interact with people from different disciplines  
•    Good project organizational skills and the ability to work to strict deadlines.  
•    Monitor and, where appropriate, manage research resources (e.g. time, finance, laboratory space, equipment, computing time) effectively  
•    Ability to work in a diverse team but also independently. Contributing to the development of effective and mutually supportive working relationships and practices  
•    Play a major part in the dissemination of individual or team-based research outputs  
•    Ensure intellectual rigour and adherence to ethical standards in the research for which they are responsible  
•    Assist colleagues in interpretation of their data, to manage competing priorities, and to develop their research skills  
•    Ensure that knowledge and methodological/technical skills in their own, and related, areas of scholarship are extended and inform research activities  
•    PhD awarded in mathematics, computer science, physical chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or closely related disciplines




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24932