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Research Fellow in Na-ion battery electrolytes and interfaces



The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £36,028 - £43,533 per annum , inclusive of London Allowance.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Professor Robert G. Palgrave in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The appointee will synthesise and characterise new liquid phase electrolyte materials for Na ion batteries, and also lead the analysis of electrode-electrolyte interfaces using a range of ex situ and operando techniques. The focus of electrode synthesis will be on novel ionic liquids but may include other classes of liquids too. The analytical work will centre on X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and will include the development of an operando electrochemical XPS cell.

The postholder will be required to carry out advanced chemical research as part of a large consortium in one of the UK’s flagship research programmes, the Faraday Institute.

The position is funded by an ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge - Faraday Institution Phase Two project, entitled NEXGENNA, and the appointment will be for a period of 16 months initially.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemistry or relevant subject. Expertise in small molecule synthesis is essential. Experience of XPS or related techniques, battery materials and measurements are desirable. The successful candidate will have a strong publication track record and a demonstrated commitment to research excellence. 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 6 (salary £31,542 - £33,257 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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/ and search on Reference Number 1872250.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Robert Palgrave (). Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James – , as we wish to encourage online applications.

Closing Date: 23/10/2020

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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/saf/login.cgi?owner=5041178&ownertype=fair&jcode=1872250&external=256168

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