Chemist: Battery Materials & Devices - Cambs

Zoek Pin Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England

Competitive salary plus benefits

Permanent (Full time)

Posted 39 days ago

My clients in Cambridgeshire are looking for a Post-Doctoral Researcher, Chemist: Battery Materials and Devices .

This role is commutable from Cambridge, Bedford, St. Neots, Huntingdon, Sandy, Yaxley.

JOB PURPOSE:
Contribute to developing the next generation of energy storage materials by designing, synthesising, and testing novel functional materials for batteries. Work within a multidisciplinary team to maximise the performance of battery materials and devices and contribute to developing a deep understanding of the key structure - property relationships in functional battery materials and materials formulations.

KEY RESULT AREAS:

  • Strong scientific contributions to the identification, structural design, and development of functional materials for battery applications.
  • Formulation of functional material inks and pastes and their pre-device fabrication physical characterisation.
  • Hands-on device fabrication and evaluation of functional materials in devices, which includes the development of test device structures.
  • Establishment of the chemical structure-property correlations in functional battery materials and their impact on device performance, resulting in the development of improved materials and device structures.
  • Contribution to the generation of Intellectual Property (IP).
  • Effective communication with all team members and the wider organisation to distribute results, discuss problems, and provide next-step recommendations to progress the project.
  • Contribution to deepening understanding of the battery applications space, and to identifying key experts in the field. Contribution to projects with third parties as required.

MAIN ACTIVITIES:

  • Creative contributions to brainstorms, studies, and project meeting discussions.
  • Proposal and design of novel materials and recommendations to solve chemical synthetic issues.
  • Execution of simple synthetic organic chemistry transformations on small scales.
  • Formulation of electrode and electrolyte material inks and pastes, including solvent screening and microscopy studies of the morphology of dried material deposits.
  • Practical device fabrication to evaluate functional materials in devices, including the analysis and interpretation of device test data.
  • Accurate recording of all practical work to ensure that new Intellectual Property (IP) is appropriately documented. Contribution to the drafting of invention disclosures and patent drafts.
  • Initiation, delivery, and documentation of high-quality studies based on sound scientific hypotheses to achieve R&D targets.
  • Compilation of results in a timely and accurate manner, in the required format (written, verbal, formal presentation).
  • Effective communication with synthetic chemists, analysts, device physicists, and the project leader.
  • Training/coaching responsibilities as required.

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Chemistry PhD or a Chemistry degree and equivalent work experience gained in an industrial or academic environment.

  • Ideally relevant work experience in a high-tech R&D or manufacturing environment.

  • Strong background knowledge in organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, or the synthesis and surface functionalisation of inorganic nano particles.

  • A good understanding of structure - property relationships in functional materials.

  • Hands-on experience within one or several of the following areas:
    o Design and synthesis of functional materials for ion-selective membranes or energy storage devices.
    o Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

  • Computer literacy is essential. Familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office products and chemical drawing packages will be advantageous.

  • Knowledge of polymers and relevant analytical techniques would be beneficial.

  • Experience with Intellectual Property (IP) generation and patent filing would be an advantage.

  • Experience with battery technologies and electrochemical techniques would be a distinct advantage.
    o A demonstratable interest in the synthesis of functional materials and their evaluation in some device format would be a distinct advantage. Ideally, experience in process optimisation and Design-of-Experiments.

Salary circa £36k per annum but flexible for the right candidate.

To apply for this Post-Doctoral Researcher, Chemist: Battery Materials and Devices role in Cambridgeshire please contact us ASAP!

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