Research Fellow – Battery Energy Storage


£30,395 to £39,609 p.a.

An exciting opportunity has become available in WMG to be involved in research on the next generation of battery energy stores, primarily, but not exclusively, for the domestic scale. Amongst the challenging issues in the area is the choice of battery chemistry. For example lithium ion batteries have excellent performance but Pb-acid is lower cost and easily recyclable. The behaviour of batteries in domestic energy storage service is not well understood and research is needed to understand issues such as round trip efficiency and battery degradation. Operational aspects i.e. use cases are also relatively poorly identified. Data from an existing test unit are availble and the intention is to deploy additonal stores in selected properties as well as as putting units through test cycles in the laboratory. In addition, the economics of batteries storage are important and part of the work will be to look at algorithms to maximize revenues.

Our ambition is to develop an understanding of the behaviour of batteries in domestic and small-scale commercial energy storage service for realistic use cases. Data are to be analysed from existing units and new control algorithms will be devised and validated.

This is a great opportunity to develop your collaborative research skills, and to build your own professional network within this specialist area. The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering or similar, have evidence of a developing academic career, and be able to contribute in the areas of power electronics, practical implementation of battery energy stores and data acquisition.

In return, we will provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities as well as all the usual employee benefits that you would expect from one of the UK’s leading universities, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

Further details and apply here.