PhD in Energy storage (sodium-ion batteries) in UK

A three-year, fully funded PhD studentship is available at University of Surrey. This PhD scholarship covers a PhD stipend of £14057 per year and the university fees for UK/EU PhD students. The start date of the project is 1st October 2015.The PhD research will be focused on the experimental study of sodium-ion batteries. This new generation of battery systems have the promise of providing a low cost and sustainable energy storage option, and are an increasingly hot topic internationally. The project will be broadly based experimentally, with a wide range characterisation/analytical techniques and device testing, alongside materials chemistry and device developments.

Location: Guildford
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: Tuesday 16 June 2015
Interview Date: Friday 19 June 2015
Reference: 024015

The experimental practical work will be undertaken in the fully equipped lab at the Department of Chemistry and allied with a post-doctoral worker in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The project will be supervised by Dr Qiong Cai (who is based in Chemical Engineering) and Prof Robert Slade (who is based in Chemistry).

The University of Surrey is an excellent institution that provides an interdisciplinary research environment, facilitating access to relevant resources and centrally supported equipment, and providing excellent training and development opportunities. During the project, the PhD candidate will have opportunity to work with industry partners and other research groups in the UK and the Europe.

Applicants must have, or be about to obtain, a first or upper second class UK honours degree (or overseas equivalent qualification) in an appropriate area (e.g. chemistry, materials science or engineering, chemical engineering or a closely related discipline). A true interest in research as well as excellent communication and language skills are essential. MSc and/or research experience is preferred, but not essential.

Non-native speakers of English who did not study in an English speaking Country, will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent). The University offers intensive English language pre-sessional training.

Informal enquiries and applications should be sent to Dr Qiong Cai ( Applications should include a cover letter indicating the reasons why you have applied for this studentship and what you hope to achieve by undertaking this Ph.D., and a CV/Resume. The CV should include details of the modules you have taken and the marks achieved (including a predicted grade if in the final year of your studies) as well as the names and contact details for at least two academic references.

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