Research Fellow in Atomistic Materials Modelling for Batteries – Guildford, Surrey

Research Fellow in Atomistic Materials Modelling for Batteries

Guildford, Surrey




Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Atomistic Materials Modelling for Li-Sulphur Batteries. The post will be based within the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (SCCE) at the University of Surrey and will have the opportunity to interact with a vibrant Sustainable Energy and Materials research team with 15 academics and more than 40 PhD and postdoc researchers. The Sustainable Energy and Materials team at the University of Surrey has a strong background in the design, synthesis, optimisation and application of advanced functional materials for energy conversion and storage. The research group has specific interests in multiscale materials modelling combined with experimental approaches for a variety of sustainable electrochemical technologies including fuel cells, electrolysers, and batteries. 

We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with solid research experience in atomistic materials modelling to carry out density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for batteries. The candidate is expected to be familiar with battery materials including electrolytes, cathode,  and metal anode. The Research Fellow will be part of a large consortium LiSTAR (, aiming to develop high-performance and long-cycle life Li-sulfur batteries.  The Research Fellow is expected to collaborate closely with partners on the LiSTAR project to combine modelling with experimental for designing better materials for Li-sulfur batteries.  

This position is initially for a duration of 21 months with the possibility for further extension. The preferred start date would be on the 1st of July, 2023.

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science, Physics or other relevant major degrees. Prior experience in DFT and MD simulations are essential. Candidates should apply online, carefully answer all the application form questions, and attach a curriculum vitae (with details on education, research experiences, successes and the relevant publications to date). As part of the application, the applicant should also upload two letters of recommendation as the supporting documents.

Prospective applicants can contact Dr Qiong Cai ([email protected]) if they need any specific further information on the post.


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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£33,314) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£34,308).