Research Associate in Particulate Modelling for Next Generation Batteries

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 a Faraday Institute grant (Nextrode) specifically working on research into new multiphase particle and powder engineering methodologies.

The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Professor Rachel Smith 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 research in modelling and simulation of particulate processes using appropriate software packages (DEM, CFD, FEA, etc.), and be an active member of the Nextrode group.
● Apply and develop experimental methodology for model verification, parameterisation and validation
● Take responsibility for planning and managing project meetings, alongside other consortium members.
● Present results and communicate with stakeholders.

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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