TITLE OF POST: Post Doctoral Researcher in Bespoke Batteries for Manufacturing Processes
LOCATION: University of Limerick
REPORTS TO: Project Leader
CONTRACT TYPE: Specific Purpose
SALARY SCALE: €37,874 – €49,048 p.a. pro rata (maximum starting salary €37,874 p.a. pro rata)
Doctoral degree (level 10 NFQ) chemistry, electrochemistry, materials science, physics or related area (completed or at final stages of completion i.e. Viva completed).
OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
This position will involve development of bespoke lithium ion battery cell solutions for mobile robots (Mobots) with defined use cases to prove suitability. The position will be co-funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Confirm Research Centre and a multinational industry partner. The role will encompass materials and electrochemical battery research focused towards the development of lithium ion batteries and their characterisation using a range of techniques such as XRD, SEM, TEM and their evaluation in half cells and full cells in a range of electrolytes including ionic liquids. The aim will be to design a new battery cell prototype specifically to address the needs for Mobots in a manufacturing process as specified by our industry partner. Specifically this will be to optimise the cell chemistry for the power management needs of the Mobot whether for opportunity charging, deep charging or inter shift battery replacement. The position will involve both applied research and a technology review of current battery technologies in this sector, establish datasets for existing Mobots and compare against the specific demands identified for industrial processes eg. charge time, mass loading, energy density requirements and type of charging protocol. Establish key requirements of bespoke technologies.
Candidates must have completed a PhD in a relevant area at the time of application.
The successful candidates will join a team of researchers under the supervision of Prof Kevin M Ryan at the Bernal Institute. Additional information on group research interests and recent publications on www.ifnano.com
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