£35,211 – £38,460 p.a.
Applications are invited for the position of Research Fellow in the Applied Mathematics Group at the University of Portsmouth. The Research Fellow will work on the Multi-scale Modelling Project funded by the Faraday Institution and in doing so will join a consortium of researchers based at Imperial College London, University College London, and the Universities of Oxford, Southampton, Warwick, Birmingham, Bath and Lancaster. The work will involve close collaboration with this interdisciplinary team of external collaborators as well as with industrial partners.
Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent research experience) in a highly numerate science subject. The main role will be to develop a computational framework within which the group can test and validate models of lithium-ion battery behavior. As such, proficiency in computer programming is required as well as knowledge of numerical methods for the computational solution of systems of partial differential equations. Familiarity with the electrochemistry of, and existing models for, lithium-ion batteries is also desirable. The applicant should show strong motivation for independent research, and the ability to work with partners from other areas of the sciences. Applicants should be willing to undertake travel to work with these partners.
The Multi-Scale Modelling project brings together world-leading battery experts with a broad set of skills at every level to build the critical bridge between science and engineering, working alongside UK industry to ensure that the work is innovative and delivers high impact. This consortium uniquely blends theoreticians with modellers, mathematicians and experimentalists, ensuring that the models developed are scientifically rigorous, computationally efficient and experimentally validated in parallel, to maintain a high degree of usefulness and accuracy. The first challenges to be tackled include fast-charging of batteries, low temperature operation and thermal management of cells within battery packs.