University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Research Assistant/Associate in Development and use of optical microscopy to study battery materials

United Kingdom

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Research Assistant/Associate in Development and use of optical microscopy

to study battery materials

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in use of optical microscopy to study electrochemical processes in battery electrode materials.

You will work between the groups of Prof. Akshay Rao (https:// www. and Prof. Dame Clare Grey (https: // www., and build on our recent advances is developing optical microscopy as a new high-throughput operando characterisation tool to study ion transport, phase transitions and degradation in battery electrodes, both at the single-particle level and also across the electrode References 1-3.

You will join our growing interdisciplinary team and work in close collaboration with experimental and modelling groups around the UK via the Faraday Institution Degradation Project (https: // You will be expected to participate actively in collaborations with other post-doctoral researchers and PhD students working within the Faraday Degradation project.

To be successful, you should have a strong background in electrochemistry and battery materials, have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or a related area or have submitted, but not yet received, your PhD in related subject. A strong track record of high-quality research and an excellent publication record are essential. The ability to work well in a team will be crucial as projects will be highly collaborative, involving multiple universities and industrial partners. Experience with microscopy techniques and data analysis of large microscopy datasets would be a plus.

Appointment as a research associate is dependent on having a PhD including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded).

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter, and the names of two references, in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

The position will start in on 1st July 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter for a period of 36 months.

We particularly encourage candidates from backgrounds historically underrepresented in STEM subjects to apply.

Deadline: Sunday 11th June 2023

References 1. Merryweather et al., Nature, 2021, https: // 2. Merryweather et al., Nature Materials, 2022, DOI: 10.1038/s41563-022-01324-z 3. Xu et al., Joule, 2022, DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2022.09.008

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is 11th June 2023 Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Professor Akshay Rao Email: [email protected]

Please quote reference KA36591 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information
  • Further Particulars
  • Department/Location

    Department of Physics


    £28,929- £33,348 or £35,308- £43,155






    5 May 2023

    Closing date

    11 June 2023

    Job details


    Research Assistant/Associate in Development and use of optical microscopy to study battery materials


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    May 24, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Physics,Space Science

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