Early career researchers
Early career researchers

At the heart of the Faraday Institution is our pioneering, collaborative, vibrant research community, of which our Research Fellows make up the core.

Faraday Institution Research Fellows Researchers have access to a huge pool of talented scientists with a broad and deep set of competencies across the UK who could help with problems their research might be facing. We give researchers frequent opportunities to network, build collaborations and develop professionally.

Our Training and Diversity Panel advises the organisation on how best to achieve its ambitious aims of creating a dynamic, diverse, driven pool of talent to work in the battery technology sector of the future. Researchers have access to a ring-fenced training budget and a project training campion who can flag training courses and opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills, accelerate their research, and in time, potentially increase their h-index.

Researchers and their supervisors are encouraged to work together to develop a career development plan to support the training of researchers, defining objectives linked to career development and increasing researcher identity in line with best practice guidance.

Belonging to that community enables frequent opportunities for networking and collaboration, including attending some of our scientific review meetings involving hundreds of battery researchers.

Faraday Institution Research Fellows have access to a wide range of battery-related training courses, including Faraday Masterclasses and Faraday TECH. Additionally, a mentoring programme is being launched to further support career progression and achievement.

Our projects are fast paced and tackle real-world challenges. That’s why we need to harness the skills of a dynamic and ambitious group of early career researchers.

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Latest Vacancies

Our member universities are still hiring post-doctoral research fellows and PhD researchers to work on the five new Faraday Institution research projects that were launched in September 2019. Keep up to date with the latest job vacancies being advertised. Read more...

 

Other Opportunities

Entrepreneurial Fellowships

We encourage early career researchers that have made a discovery on a Faraday Institution or closely related project and want to follow that discovery through to commercial reality the opportunity to do so. Read more about our entrepreneurial fellowships. The first four to be awarded are:

Yan Zhao and Ian Campbell (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London), Breathe Battery Technologies.

Ola Hekselman (Department of Materials, Imperial College London), Solveteq – Sustainable Lead Recycling.

• Jack Nicholas and Tsun Holt Wong (University of Oxford), Qdot – Cutting Edge Heat Transfer Technology.

• Tom Cleaver, and the team at Cognition Energy - a physics-based approach to developing high performance batteries with a particular focus on thermal management to extend life and reduce ownership cost.

• Tom Heenan (UCL) - a project to propel promising technology to enable faster charging of batteries into commercial applications for cordless power tools to EVs.

Yan Zhao and Ian Campbell (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London), Breathe Battery Technologies
Ola Hekselman
Qdot guys
Cognition Energy crop

Industry Fellowships

The Faraday Institution’s Industry Fellowship programme aims to foster relationships between industry and academic researchers. It enables academics and industrialists to undertake a mutually beneficial and collaborative energy storage research project. For academic researchers, a successful application would mean their salary costs would be covered for up to one year (or pro rata part time) during a placement at a lab at an industry partner. Find out more about this opportunity…

Travel Grants

The Early Career Fellowship Travel Grant promotes collaboration between world-class users and developers of large-scale research facilities and provides a forum to draw together researchers from a range of disciplines. It is designed to enable mobility of early career Faraday Institution researchers between UK and international institutions, offering grants of up to £2,000 for travel and subsistence. A further call for proposals is likely to be opened towards the end of 2020.

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