Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Research Fellow, Characterisation & Processing of Advanced Materials

Trinity College Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Post Title: Research Fellow, Characterisation & Processing of Advanced Materials

Post Status: Fixed-term Contract of 2 years of funding renewable on yearly basis – Full-time.

Research Group / Department / School: AMBER / CRANN / School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Location: AML Enterprise Center, Pearse Street / CRANN, Main Campus Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Reports to: Professor Valeria Nicolosi, Principal Investigator

Salary: Appointment will be made on the appropriate point of the IUA Post-Doctorate Researcher Level 2 salary scale in line with government pay policy i.e. €37,750 – €42,394 gross per annum

Closing Date: 12 Noon (Irish Standard Time),on the Friday 24th of May of 2019

Post Summary
The Characterisation & Processing of Advanced Materials Research Group, led by Professor Valeria Nicolosi, is currently seeking a Research Fellow with significant practical experience in battery research.
The candidate will have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related discipline, or equivalent experience, with significant postdoctoral research experience in battery research.

This project will use a multidisciplinary approach, whereby novel nanomaterials, existing knowledge on nano-scale processing and established expertise in device fabrication and testing will be brought together to focus on creating more efficient battery technologies (Li-ion battery, Li-Sulfur, Li-air , Na-ion batteries materials development).

Background to the Post
Professor Nicolosi leads the Characterisation & Processing of Advanced Materials Group (http://physics.tcd.ie/cpam/) within the School of Chemistry and the School of Physics. The group is devoted to the processing and electron microscopy structural characterization of low-dimensional nanostructures. Dispersability, processability and manipulation of these objects are important objectives of the group. In the group particular attention is given to the study of the material atomic structures to better understand their fundamental physical and chemical properties. The group works on a range of low-dimensional nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanowires, graphene and other inorganic two-dimensional nano-sheets.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post
The post holder will be responsible for the development of processing methods for the use of nanomaterials’ as battery electrodes and their full electrochemical characterization. A key aspect of this project will be the close collaboration within the team (especially with regard to nanomaterials processing and electron microscopy characterisation in order to gain a better understanding of the materials’ chemical and physicalS/he will be expected to take on the day-to-day running of the part of the research programme under the direction of Professor Nicolosi, liaising closely with Professor Jonathan Coleman and his group for the fabrication and electrochemical characterisation of the electrodes.

The core tasks are as follows:
1. Optimisation of nanomaterials processing and characterization of the electrode material by TEM, SEM and XPS-Raman-UVVisIR spectroscopies, etc.
2. Fabrication and electrochemical testing of electrodes. This phase of the project will focus on the investigation of different arrangements and electrode deposition techniques, such as spraying vs vacuum filtration, printing, slurry-casting and different electrolytes. Characterization techniques required will be: Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), galvanostatic charging/discharging, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET), etc.
3. Writing papers and giving presentations on the research conducted.
4. Helping with the day to day running of the research group, training and supervising students, procuring orders, managing the laboratories.
Funding Information
Prof Valeria Nicolosi has been awarded a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to research into the development of batteries based on two-dimensional nanomaterials sponsored by the European Research Council (ERC).

This project will use multidisciplinary approach, where novel nanomaterials, existing knowledge on nano-scale processing and established expertise in device fabrication and testing will be brought together to focus on creating more efficient supercapacitor technologies for energy storage. The research will involve simple synthesis of bulk transition metal oxides and transition metal chalcogenides by chimie douce regimes, liquid phase exfoliation to obtain two-dimensional nano-sheets, and development of processing methods for their use as electrode materials.

The work will involve processing on large scale equipment in the Department, followed by detailed electrochemical and impedance spectroscopy, and structural characterisation using a suite of techniques including scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

Person Specification
Qualifications
A PhD in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline. (Essential).
Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)
Essential Knowledge and/or Experience
- Significant practical experience, good knowledge of battery theory
- Demonstrable expertise in Electrochemical characterization: impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic charging/discharging
- Demonstrable expertise in both half-cell and full-cell testing
- Proven knowledge of chemistry and electrochemistry.
- Well-organised and self-motivated with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, to identify research objectives and to carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale.
- Excellent oral and communication skills, including the proven ability to write in English at a suitable standard for the preparation of written reports, publications and presentations of the work at generalist and specialist levels, including discussions with engineers and scientists in different fields.
- Willingness to travel to collaborators across Europe and worldwide and to conferences to disseminate results.
Desirable Knowledge and/or Experience:
- A strong publication record in internationally peer-reviewed journals
- Experience of working with industrial collaborators.
- Experience in the training and supervision of junior researchers.
Skills & Competencies
- Well-organised and self-motivated with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, to identify research objectives and to carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale.
- Excellent oral and communication skills, including the proven ability to write in English at a suitable standard for the preparation of written reports, publications and presentations of the work at generalist and specialist levels, including discussions with engineers and scientists in different fields.
- Willingness to travel to collaborators across Europe and to conferences to disseminate results.
Further Information for Applicants

For additional details on these research positions please contact:
Jesus Barco Montero
CRANN
Trinity College Dublin
barcomoj@tcd.ie

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Pension Entitlements
This is a pensionable position and the provisions of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 will apply in relation to retirement age for pension purposes. Details of the relevant Pension Scheme will be provided to the successful applicant.

Applicants should note that they will be required to complete a Pre-Employment Declaration to confirm whether or not they have previously availed of an Irish Public Service Scheme of incentivised early retirement or enhanced redundancy payment. Applicants will also be required to declare any entitlements to a Public Service pension benefit (in payment or preserved) from any other Irish Public Service employment.

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Application Procedure
Application Procedure Applicants should submit a cover letter and a full Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses), to:- Jesus Barco Montero barcomoj@tcd.ie

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Research Fellow, Characterisation & Processing of Advanced Materials