Research Fellow, Fundamental Development of Al-S Batteries

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £34,304 Per annum
Sep 08, 2021
End of advertisement period
Oct 12, 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £34,304 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 31/03/2023)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 12 October 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1492421EB

You will work on the development and characterization of sulfur electrodes with advanced structures and compositions for applications in aluminium-sulfur batteries. The project is funded by the H2020 call FET PROACTIVE and involves leading universities and companies in the field (VARTA, Tech2Market, TU Graz, DTU Denmark, Leicester, ICTP-CSIC and Southampton). Combining a wide range of expertise (polymer and material sciences, electrochemistry, computational modelling, etc.) the project aims to develop novel aluminium-sulfur batteries with the potential to outperform lithium-ion batteries in terms of cost, safety and abundance of the elements composing the battery. Southampton is leading the work package on the sulfur electrode development, which aims to develop novel sulfur chemistries and structures based on a rational understanding of the reaction mechanism (

To be successful you will have a PhD, or within six months of completion, or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in materials science, electrochemistry or closely related discipline.  Along with demonstrable expertise in chemistry or material science and in-depth experience of electrochemistry.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position.  In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2014 a and a second Silver award in 2017.  Chemistry gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy* and onsite childcare facilities.  For further information please visit

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Prof. Nuria Garcia-Araez (

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Marina Radchenko (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1492421EB on all correspondence.

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