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Research Fellow in Computational Materials Chemistry for Novel Na-ion Battery Materials

Full Time

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,965 - £43,470 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Professor David O. Scanlon in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The appointee will use advanced Computational Chemistry techniques to computationally predict and fully characterise a range of new Na-ion electrodes in collaboration with leading experimental groups in the UK. A key principle of the research will be the full characterisation of these novel materials in terms of their electronic structure, and their full defect chemistry, allowing us to only put materials forward for experimental validation when their defect chemistry is suited to the application of choice.

The postholder will be required to carry out computational materials chemistry research focused on Na-ion battery chemistries. Computational work will be performed in collaboration with experimental efforts, and so the postholder will also present results and contribute significantly to an interdisciplinary feedback loop.

The position is funded by an ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge - Faraday Institution Phase Two project, entitled NEXGENNA, and the appointment will be for 15 months initially, from 1 January 2020 up until March 2021, with the possibility that this will be extended to September 2023.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or about to be awarded a PhD) in Computational Materials Chemistry or relevant subject. Expertise in analysis of charged defects in solids using periodic density functional theory is essential. They will have a strong publication track record, a demonstrated commitment to excellence, and exceptional skills in computational chemistry. They will be expected to work in a highly multidisciplinary collaborative team and have effective written and verbal communication skills in English.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,479 - £33,194 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?SID=amNvZGU9MTgzMTc3MCZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT05NjUmb3duZXI9NTA0MTE3OCZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZicmFuZF9pZD0wJmpvYl9yZWZfY29kZT0xODMxNzcwJnBvc3RpbmdfY29kZT0yMjQ=

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor David O. Scanlon ().

Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James – , as we wish to encourage online applications.

Closing Date: 10 November 2019 at 23.59.

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality. To apply click here https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?SID=amNvZGU9MTgzMTc3MCZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT05NjUmb3duZXI9NTA0MTE3OCZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZicmFuZF9pZD0wJmpvYl9yZWZfY29kZT0xODMxNzcwJnBvc3RpbmdfY29kZT0yMjQ=

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