Research Fellow position available on MRI of batteries at Birmingham University, UK

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Multi-Scale Dynamic Phenomena at Electrochemical Interfaces

The project will develop Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) methodologies to probe the behaviour and performance of materials for next-generation lithium batteries. This project is part of a multi-institutional consortium to develop quantitative multi-modal imaging and spectroscopic techniques to investigate dynamic phenomena at electrochemical interfaces and is funded through the 2019 Faraday Institution Battery Characterisation Call. The primary goal of this diverse multi-scale imaging project is to advance our understanding of electrochemical materials and devices by better understanding the synergy between the constituent components which control the performance of electrochemical energy storage by combining complementary advanced analytical methods. By extending the capability and application of a range of synergistic methods, this work will reveal new insights underpinning electrochemical phenomena to advance current battery science and the commercial implementation of new battery technologies.

Main Duties and Responsibilities: In addition to conducting individual research the Research Fellow will be expected to develop MRI methodology to perform in operando MRI visualisation of battery chemistry and behaviour. The post holder will be need to design and test in situ electrochemical cells for MRI and multi-modal imaging experiments; develop and optimise MRI methods to characterise electroactive species and map their distribution and transport during charge cycling; interpret MRI data and correlate with data from complementary multimodal characterisation methodologies. The post holder will be expected to work with project partners in the consortium, attend regular project meetings and make research presentations to the consortium.

Salary: As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is £33,199, Grade 7, point 30

Duration: Fixed-term until 30 September 2020

Skills and Knowledge:

• Expertise in MR Imaging (preferable) or MR Spectroscopy of battery materials.

• Experience in battery or electrochemical research an advantage.

• Experience in pulse programme design desirable.

• Experience using Bruker spectrometers an advantage.

• High level analytical capability.

• Ability to communicate complex information clearly

• Experience with experimental techniques and methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones.

Qualifications and Experience:

• First degree in Chemistry, Materials, Physics, Chemical Engineering or cognate discipline.

• Hold or be close to completing a PhD in Magnetic Resonance (MR) and/or Battery Characterisation or related areas.


For further information please contact Melanie Britton, or telephone +44 (0)121 414 4391



Dr Melanie M. Britton

Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK.
office: +44 121 4144391