Research Assistant/Associate

Department of Chemical Engineering

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £36,045 - £48,340
  • REF: ENG01558
  • Closes: 10th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a talented, motivated and experienced researcher to develop new materials for Na-ion battery anodes based on carbon and carbon/Sn composites. Na-ion batteries are a sustainable alternative to Li-ion batteries on their way to becoming commercial. This project will address some of the burning challenges in the field related to high capacity anodes operating at high rates as well as the challenging understanding and engineering of the solid electrolyte interface.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for disseminating the results in scientific meetings and international conferences and engaging with the rest of the battery team to ensure the best collaborative outputs.

Essential requirements

You should have expertise in Na-ion battery research in particular hydrothermal synthesis of carbon materials and engineering carbon morphology to create unique Sn/C composites. In addition you should be familiar with the techniques used for battery assembly (coin and pouch cells) as well as all the needed electrochemical techniques required for battery characterisation. Also experience with synchrotron-based X-ray techniques for in operando battery characterisation, in particular X-ray Absorption and X-Ray Pair Distribution Function is required.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.

The post is available from 01 April 2021 for 4 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Prof. Magda Titirici ( ).

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Closing date: Midnight on Wednesday 10th March 2021

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Additional Information

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published.For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. /

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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