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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Faraday Institution CATMAT Project

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About Us Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology. Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.

About The Role

We now have an opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) within the Diamond imaging group.

The Faraday Institution has funded a new research consortium on ‘Next generation lithium-ion cathode materials (CATMAT)’ to explore and develop new materials for batteries that can be used for electric vehicles. The multidisciplinary team includes the University of Bath (as lead), University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, University College London and Diamond Light Source.

The CATMAT project will aim to transform fundamental understanding of novel cathodes that currently prevent the use of nickel-rich cathode materials (with low or no cobalt) and lithium-rich cathodes. It will identify the most promising new cathode materials, scaling up their synthesis and assimilating them into fully battery cells to demonstrate performance

The research programme at Diamond will use synchrotron based imaging and spectroscopic techniques to investigate structural, transport, electronic and interface properties of lithium battery materials. This work will have strong links to the modelling, experimental synthesis, structural and electrochemical work performed in the overall project.

The PDRA will manage the day-to-day running of a research project, identify research objectives and carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale, provide reports and work co-operatively with colleagues with the wider project.

Occasional UK and overseas travel will be required, as well as occasional out of hours working.

The position is available from 6th January 2020 for up to 45 months.

About You

Suitable candidates will hold an appropriate Science Degree and PhD, along with proven relevant experience.

You will demonstrate experience in battery research, electrochemistry or x-ray imaging-based material science, with a track record of peer-reviewed publications.

You will have experience of running a research project, including providing reports and demonstrating the ability to work co-operatively with colleagues with the wider project.

Any further experience or knowledge from the following areas is desirable:

Synchrotron radiation and beamlines;

Programming in Python or similar;

Drafting scientific articles and disseminating research at international and/or national conferences.

You will display good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills, including the ability to interact with facility staff and users at all levels, and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary, international team.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to ensure an excellent work/life balance including 25 days’ annual leave, 13 days statutory and company holidays, flexible working hours, an onsite nursery, an excellent pension scheme, and social and sporting activities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable. 

To Apply

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

The closing date for applications is the 5th January 2020.


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