Research Associate in Particle Engineering for Dry Electrode Manufacturing

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly self-motivated and driven research associate with a background in chemical engineering (or a related discipline)

This role forms part of the battery manufacturing research group at the University of Sheffield. The post holder will work on the Xerode – Dry Printing Accelerator research grant, funded by the University of Sheffield.

The electrodes in a lithium-ion battery control many crucial performance characteristics of the final cell. State of the art electrode manufacturing uses a wet mixing and coating process to deposit the electrode. This is a highly productive process but uses very large amounts of solvent and factory footprint to accommodate the drying process.

This project aims to overcome limitations of the current process, providing a method to print dry, formulated electrodes directly onto a current collector, with positional and compositional printing control for advanced customer-driven designed electrodes. As a Research Associate, working on Xerode you will research and develop novel particle engineering and deposition techniques, to produce powders suitable for dry printing of lithium-ion battery electrodes.

The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Dr Denis Cummings in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

What We Offer

● 41 days annual leave (including closure days and Bank Holidays), with the possibility to purchase up to ten additional days.
● Up to 5 days of paid time off to cover emergency caring responsibilities.
● A commitment to work life balance including, flexible working opportunities and hybrid working where possible.
● A highly competitive pension scheme.
● Discounts at participating shops and cinemas, and a cycle to work scheme.
● A commitment to your development, with programmes, learning modules and mentoring schemes.
● An inclusive and diverse workplace.
● A commitment to your wellbeing, with confidential emotional support, support for those going through the menopause, experiencing fertility treatment and having a baby, paid leave for IVF treatment and more.
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The Department
Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) is ranked amongst the top 5 Chemical Engineering Departments in the UK and is a thriving department within the University's Faculty of Engineering. CBE comprises 38 academic staff, 58 research staff and technicians, 16 support staff and a student population of over 650 undergraduates, and 250 postgraduates (taught and research).

CBE is a major contributor to tackling the key challenges of this century - climate change, energy poverty, affordable medicines, sustainable agriculture and water use, safety and green manufacturing. It boasts a rich environment for learning which prepares students to be 21st century scientists and engineers and its disciplines span particle science and technology/nanotechnology, new energy technologies, the environment and applications of post-genomics bioscience for biotechnology and bioprocessing applications.

The Department has a world-class research environment that is ranked number 1 by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Their internationally renowned research is supported through funding from government and industrial sources in the UK and the rest of the globe.

The Department holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award and two gold awards for Green Impact.

The role

● The main aim of the role is to plan and carry out experimental research relating to particle formation techniques.
● This has been identified as a role that would be ideal for an Early Career Researcher (ECR) to develop their skills alongside an experienced team who can guide and advise.
● Although this is a short contract, it builds on an existing piece of work, which will enhance current thinking in this particular area of chemical engineering. It is an exciting prospect for the right candidate.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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