Postdoctoral Research Associate in Polymers for Solid State Batteries

Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford

Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom

Salary: Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Polymer Chemistry to work under the supervision of Professor Charlotte Williams on a research project for a period of up to 24 months. The post is part of a large project investigating the preparation and use of oligomeric and polymeric electrolytes and interface materials for use in solid state lithium and sodium ion batteries. The post is funded by the Faraday Institute and is a part of project SOLBAT which is led by Professor Peter Bruce (Oxford Materials). Research will focus on oxygenated polymer synthesis, characterisation and battery testing. A range of new and known polymers will be explored, including polycarbonates, polyethers and copolymers.

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You should hold a PhD in polymer chemistry or have submitted a thesis prior to taking up your appointment. The research requires experience in the controlled polymerisation methods and production of polycarbonates, polyether and other copolymers. The methods used will be ring-opening copolymerisations of epoxides/CO2 (see J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 4120) and ring-opening polymerisation.

The postholder will be expected to be an expert in the appropriate area of polymer chemistry (i.e. polyethers or polycarbonates) or in the formulation and testing of solid state batteries. The postholder must be trained in the methods and techniques of anaerobic chemistry, including the use of Schlenk lines or glove boxes. The research also requires the ability to characterise new polymers using GPC, spectroscopy and DSC. Experience of polymer characterisation as electroactive materials or for batteries would be desirable. The candidate must have a demonstrated research competence, as judged by publications and/or patents. The candidate must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work independently. You are expected to manage your own academic research and administrative activities, and to coordinate work to meet specified deadlines. The project involves close collaboration with a larger team of researchers in Materials and Engineering, as such the postholder must be able to work across disciplines and collaboratively.

The post will be based in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, 12 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3QT and is available as soon as possible.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Wednesday 28 November 2018. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

The University of Oxford and the Department of Chemistry are Athena SWAN Silver award holders. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in Chemistry research posts in Oxford.

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