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Research fellow – Novel electrolytes for lithium-sulfur batteries


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £33,797
Full Time Fixed Term (3 Years)
Closing Date:  Monday 09 December 2019
Reference:  1198819EB

Lithium-sulfur batteries are among the most promising post lithium-ion candidates and this project will be done in collaboration with Oxis Energy, a company at the forefront of lithium-sulfur battery development. The LiSTAR project, led by Prof. Paul Schearing of UCL, is particularly strong in bringing together excellent researchers with a broad range of expertise (characterisation experts, material scientists, modelling experts and engineers) and in using a synergetic method of development of batteries from the fundamentals to prototype cells.

This 3 year fixed term role offers you the opportunity to work on the development of new chemistries designed to achieve step changes in performance of lithium-sulfur batteries.  The project is part of a large consortium (LiSTAR: Lithium-Sulfur Technology Accelerator) involving seven universities and funded by the Faraday Institution. The Southampton team (in collaboration with leading researchers from Cambridge and Nottingham universities) will lead the development of an unprecedented understanding of the core electrochemical reactions, which will be used to design new electrolytes capable of transforming the reactions in a way that can revolutionise the power capability, energy density and operation temperature range.

It is essential you have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in materials chemistry, electrochemistry or a closely related discipline along with research experience and high level knowledge of electrochemical characterisation of batteries or related systems and use of materials characterisation techniques.  

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Nuria Garcia-Araez (

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2014 a and a second Silver award in 2017.  Chemistry gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy**, onsite childcare facilities For further information please visit

The University of Southampton is ranked in the top 1% of world universities and it is placed in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The School of Chemistry at Southampton was ranked 8th in the UK for research power in REF2014 and 4th in the UK for Chemistry in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014, and offers a full range of world-class facilities (mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, microscopy, battery assembly, etc.) that will be available for the project, with further capabilities provided by our project partners. 

The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

**subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 1198819EB on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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