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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has two vacancies for 36 months for a Postdoctoral Research Assistants, one each in the The School of Engineering and Materials Science  and the School of Physics and Astronomy as a result of a successful EPSRC grant under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The aim of the project is to develop and investigate low cost functional carbon materials to be used as negative electrodes in Na-ion batteries. 

Position 1: Under the supervision of Prof. Magdalena Titrici, the successful candidate will work to produce a range of functional carbon materials from biomass precursors and test their performance as electrodes in Na-Ion batteries in both half cells and full cells in different configurations of electrode/electrolyte. Details on how to apply can be found here:

Position 2: Under the supervision of Dr Alan Drew and Prof Martin Dove, with overall project guidance from Prof. Magdalena Titirici, the successful candidate will characterise the morphology, pore structure, defects, local structure and ion diffusion of the carbon electrodes using a range of techniques, including X-ray and Neutron total scattering, quasi-inelastic neutron scattering, x-ray and neutron diffraction, muon spin rotation and NMR. In particular, the Na storage mechanisms and ion diffusion are of critical importance. Details on how to apply can be found here:

There is a third 36 month position available at the University of Surrey under the same funded project within the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (CPE), advertised separately, on DFT and molecular dynamics calculations in collaboration with the experimental work to be carried out at QMUL. The closing date for the QMUL applications is 19th September 2017 and interviews are anticipated to be held very shortly thereafter. 

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