Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements
Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term
Application deadline: 13 May 2022
Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates
Start date: September 2022
Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the design and development of next generation battery prototypes.
The role of battery energy storage in the transition from fossil fuels to electrification in transport is critical, with lithium ion technologies seen as key in achieving the Road to Zero Strategy.
A step change in the integration of battery technologies into automotive is underway, but challenges still remain around range anxiety, re-fuel (charging) times and cost, hindering the adoption of electric vehicles by the wider public. There have been significant efforts to improve battery performance through chemistries and materials used but little progress has been made in engineering design of cells. Building on recent advances in cell design in the 4680 cell announced by Tesla, this project will further develop the concept of the continual tab cell through bringing together unique expertise in battery prototyping (CEMR) and laser welding (CMM), both strengths at Coventry University to achieve and understand further improvements in cell design allowing for higher power and energy through engineering.
The project offers a unique opportunity to gain a deep understanding and experience across all aspects of device development, from electrode development, through mechanical assembly, advanced welding and joining techniques and ultimately device performance and electrochemical testing.
This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees and stipend/bursary.
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
- A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
- The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
- A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS academic overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
Candidates should have a BSc/MSc in chemistry, physics, engineering or closely aligned discipline. Prior experience of electrochemistry and/or advanced joining techniques would be beneficial.