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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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