Senior Research Associate- Multiscale Modelling of Mechanical Deterioration in Lithium-ion Batteries

Portsmouth, Hampshire (GB)
£30,942 - £34,804 per annum
Monday, 30 September 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Technology
School of Mathematics and Physics
Senior Research Associate in Multiscale Modelling of Mechanical Deterioration in Lithium-ion Batteries
Employment type:  Fixed-term (for 3 years)
Employment basis:  Full-time
Salary:  £30,942 - £34,804 per annum 
Post number: ZZ005905
Closing date: 10 November 2019
Interview date: 21 November 2019

Applications are invited for the position of Senior Research Associate in the Applied Mathematics Group at the University of Portsmouth. The Senior Research Associate will work on a grant funded by the EPSRC and join a local group of doctoral students and a Research Fellow as well as a broader network of collaborators at the Universities of Southampton, Oxford and Imperial College London. The work will involve close collaboration with this interdisciplinary team of external collaborators as well as with industrial partners. 
Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent research experience) in a highly numerate science subject. The main tasks will be: (i) to develop mechanical models describing the morphological degradation processes that occur within lithium-ion battery electrodes; (ii) to simplify these models using the asymptotic technique of multiple scales homogenization; (iii) to develop computational code to solve the resulting models, and; (iv) use the results to make recommendations on how to realize more long-lived batteries. As such, proficiency in solid mechanics, asymptotic methods and computational methods for the solution of partial differential equations are required. Familiarity with the electrochemistry of, and existing models for, lithium-ion batteries is also desirable. The applicant should show strong motivation for independent research, and the ability to work with partners from other areas of the sciences. Applicants should be willing to undertake travel, to work with these partners. 
The approximately start date for this position will be January 2020. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr. Jamie Foster, email: 
Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. 
The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, and recognises that women are underrepresented in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. We support gender equality and are committed to the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers (and men, where they are underrepresented). We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will be made on merit.   

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