Research Associate in Hard Carbon Composite Anodes for Na-Ion Batteries

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London (White City Campus) to carry out research in the area of battery science in the group of Dr Tapia-Ruiz. The role will give you the opportunity to develop new low-cost and sustainable battery technologies to fight climate change. The position is funded through the Faraday Institution (www.faraday.ac.uk) to work in close...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01340
  • Date posted 21 November 2022
  • Closing date 19 December 2022

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London (White City Campus) to carry out research in the area of battery science in the group of Dr Tapia-Ruiz. The role will give you the opportunity to develop new low-cost and sustainable battery technologies to fight climate change.

The position is funded through the Faraday Institution (www.faraday.ac.uk) to work in close collaboration with the NEXGENNA project (Next Generation of Sodium-ion batteries (https://www.nexgenna.org/) and Deregallera (https://www.deregallera.com/).

You will work on the development of new high-performing hard-carbon-based composite anode materials for sodium-ion batteries with potential commercial interest, using advanced characterisation techniques to understand structure-property-performance relationships in these materials.

Duties and responsibilities


  • To work in close collaboration with the principal investigator and collaborators in the project.

  • To take initiative in the planning and execution of research.

  • To keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

  • To contribute to the acquisition, set up, maintenance and integration of experimental apparatus.

  • To contribute to the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.

  • To contribute to the presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance your research profile.

  • To engage in personal, professional and career development activities to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with the desired career trajectory.

  • To collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings /seminars/ workshops across the research Group/Department/Faculty/University and wider community (e.g., Academic and Industrial Partners).

Essential requirements


  • Research Associate: Hold a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience

  • Research Assistant: Near completion of a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience

  • Experience in synthesis, electrochemical testing and advanced characterisation (diffraction, spectroscopic or microscopic methods) of battery materials.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrate a proven track record of scientific publishing that reflects on career status.

  • Must be able to work well within a multidisciplinary and diverse research team, both as an individual and as a larger team.

  • Exceptional experimental skills related to battery science.

  • Experience in carrying out original research and producing published research papers.

Further information

This is a full time, fixed term position for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of a further extension subject to funding. You will be based at White City Campus.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Nuria Tapia-Ruiz (n.tapia-ruiz@imperial.ac.uk)

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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