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Research Scientist

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
8 Dec 2023

Position Overview

KU is seeking an experienced & highly motivated Research Scientist to work on a funded project to investigate the development of novel and scalable technologies based on rationally engineered heterostructures for the realization of cost-effective, high energy density Na-S batteries with prolonged electrochemical reversibility. A range of complementary nanomaterials and synthesis protocols will be employed to realize synergistically assembled three-dimensional (3D) architectures for enhanced energy storage.

As part of the project, the research scientist will have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities at the KU's Advanced Research and Innovation Center (ARIC, and the UAE-Korea Joint R & D Technical Center (KUTC) as well as KU's Core Labs, and will get an opportunity to work alongside researchers and graduate students from various backgrounds as part of a wider team.

Position Requirements

  • Lead research on the development of novel carbonaceous host structures with rationally optimized porous structures and surface properties for Na metal anode and S cathode with enhanced electrochemical stability and reversibility
  • Have sufficient understanding of polysulfide formation and conversion in S cathodes while gained sufficient knowledge on the influence of polysulfide cross-talk between the Na anode and S cathode in full cell (Na-S) configurations.
  • Obtained expert knowledge on characterization equipment, such as Microscopy (SEM, ESEM, TEM, UHR-SEM, AFM), material testing (FTIR-MS, DSC, TGA), XPS, XRD, UV/Vis spectrophotometry and other general materials testing tools
  • Being familiar with the electrochemical techniques including battery test, cyclic voltammetry, electrolysis and ionic conductivity
  • Contribute to writing grant proposals, drafting patents and papers, and attending conferences
  • Supervise graduate students and other junior team members, while training new lab personnel on lab methods, safety protocols, and standard operating procedures


Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • PhD from a reputable university in electrochemistry, materials science or related discipline
  • At least four (4) years of post-doctoral research experience and H-Index in SCOPUS/Google Scholar of at least 15
  • Expert level knowledge project subject area as evidenced by relevant publications and or patents
  • Track record of contributing to the writing of successful research grant proposals
  • A willingness to contribute to a collaborative and supportive team culture
  • Excellent English language communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • The proven ability to lead work on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines.
  • Ability to train and mentor students and support fellow researchers
  • Highly developed reasoning and problem-solving skills

Desired Criteria

  • PhD from and/or experience working in a top 300 QS or THE ranked University
  • High impact first-author publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field
  • Experience leading competitive research grants as principal investigator or named co-investigator in the project team

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: Abu Dhabi UAE
Job: Research Scientist
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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