Higher Research Scientist – Battery Diagnostics

Teddington, London
10 Sep 2018
07 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Higher Research Scientist – Battery Diagnostics

Job Ref: 66270

Job Title: Higher Research Scientist – Battery Diagnostics

Location: Teddington

Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive Salary

Closing date: 7th October 2018


Job Description

NPL is the UK`s National Measurement Institute providing the measurement expertise that underpins UK prosperity and quality of life. From unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G to antibiotic alternatives and more effective cancer diagnosis/treatments; technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. Building on over a century`s worth of expertise, NPL`s science, engineering and technology makes this possible.

NPL is a world-leading research facility, bringing together scientists and engineers from almost every field to help save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure as well as support global trade and innovation.

NPL has a regional footprint with hubs around the UK, plans for international growth and a state-of-the art purpose-built laboratory in Teddington, south west London, where its scientists and engineers work with leading edge equipment and facilities.

In line with significant organisational growth and transformation plans, NPL has a clear vision "to be an exemplary National Laboratory that undertakes excellent science and engineering and uses this to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK". We also clearly define our mission "to provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK`s prosperity and quality of life".

NPL’s Electrochemistry Group delivers cutting-edge science to support the development of more efficient energy generation, conversion and storage processes, improved catalyst performance and more cost-effective lifetime management of materials. The group is supporting the transition to a low carbon economy by facilitating the commercial uptake of energy conversion and storage technologies to promote increased penetration of renewables and underpinning lifetime management of critical energy infrastructure.

An opportunity now exists for an ambitious electrochemist/material scientist to join a world-class research team in the Electrochemistry Group at NPL. NPL have ambitions plans to establish a world-leading battery diagnostics measurement capability to support improvements in the performance, lifetime and safety of high energy density batteries that are commonly used in automotive and energy storage applications. The initial focus of the role will be in the development of improved techniques and standard test methods for characterisation of high energy density batteries to support the delivery of UK and European projects.

Advancing your research skills, you will develop close links with industrial and academic organisations and have the opportunity to present your research at international meetings. Adaptability, an enquiring mind, and an enthusiasm for exploring new directions will be key attributes. Good presentation skills and an eagerness to promote your research are essential.

A degree in physics, chemistry or other relevant subject and a PhD in battery characterisation or similar are required. Post-doctoral research experience would be advantageous as would experience of in situ measurement techniques, standard test methods and modelling.


• PhD in battery characterisation or related field.
• Experience with electrochemical characterisation techniques, including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, voltammetry and three electrode cells.
• Ability to work in an interdisciplinary project team, and as collaborator with academic & industrial partners.


• Excellent problem-solver, with record of achievement in a R&D environment.
• Familiarity with materials and surface characterisation techniques.
• Track record of conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
• Evidence of ability to translate research output into solutions to real world engineering problems.

Interviews are likely to be held in October 2018

For more information please contact Thalia Jones on 02089438760 or email thalia.jones@npl.co.uk

Based in a unique, purpose-built research environment, we are located in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Bushy Park, south-west London with a host of onsite facilities. These include a subsidised crèche, restaurant and free parking.

NPL Management Limited is committed to supporting its people to develop both personally and professionally and is committed to equal opportunities. NPL Management Limited is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and an Institute of Physics Project Juno Practitioner.

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