Research Associate in Computational Materials Chemistry (fixed term post)

Job title Research Associate in Computational Materials Chemistry (fixed term post)

Department Chemistry

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Tuesday 07 January 2020

Closing date Wednesday 05 February 2020

Interview date Monday 24 February 2020

Reference CC7187R


Atomistic and DFT Modelling of Lithium Battery Materials on Faraday Institution CATMAT Project

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 Universities of Bath (as lead), Birmingham, Cambridge, Liverpool, Oxford, UCL and Diamond Light Source.

The CATMAT project will aim to transform fundamental understanding of novel cathodes that currently prevent the use of nickel-rich and lithium-rich cathode materials. It will identify the most promising new cathode materials, scaling up their synthesis and assimilating them into fully battery cells to demonstrate performance. 

A postdoctoral research position is available on this project in the area of computer modelling and materials design of lithium battery cathodes within the groups of Professor Saiful Islam and Dr Ben Morgan at the University of Bath. 

Group websites with research details and contact emails are as follows:
Prof Saiful Islam: (email:
Dr Ben Morgan: (email:

The research programme at Bath will investigate structural, transport, electronic and interface properties of lithium battery materials using density functional theory (DFT), potentials-based molecular dynamics, and cluster-expansion based Monte Carlo techniques. This work will have strong links to the experimental synthesis, structural and electrochemical work performed in the overall project. 

Previous experience in computational materials science and a track record of peer-reviewed publications are essential.

The position is available from 9 March 2020 for up to 40 months. 

Informal enquiries are welcome but please ensure that your application is submitted through the University website.

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

Further details:
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