2020 PhD Studentships

Recruitment of up to 15 Faraday Institution PhD researchers for October 2020 start.

Are you considering postgraduate study? Interested in being part of a dynamic, pioneering and collaborative community?

The Faraday Institution is funding a number of its partner universities to recruit up to 15 talented individuals to become part of its PhD training programme in October 2020 and join the existing 30-strong PhD researcher group. Eligibility is as for UKRI studentships.

The Faraday Institution offers an exciting PhD programme. Faraday Institution Cluster PhD researchers receive an enhanced stipend over and above the standard EPSRC offer. The total annual stipend is approximately £20,000 (plus London weighting) plus an additional £7,000 annually to cover training and travel costs. Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations. PhD researchers web page. 2020-21 PhD Course Guide.


In order to apply for a Faraday Institution PhD position, applicants need to do both of the following:

  1. Complete a Faraday Institution expression of interest form
  2. Follow the university application process as per advert. Links to individual job adverts will be added to this page when they become available.

The Faraday Institution is actively committed to attracting, nurturing and empowering a dynamic and diverse workforce in the fields of energy storage and battery technology.

The 2020 Faraday Institution PhD Studentships:

Topic title Institution Supervisor
High energy density Li-ion cathodes: computational insights and discovery of new mixed-anion materials (position filled)


University of Bath Dr Benjamin Morgan and Prof Saiful Islam
Vapour deposited coatings for long cycle-life Li-ion cathodes (position filled)


University of Liverpool Laurence Hardwick, Matt Rosseinsky, Paul Chalker
Improving accessible Li-ion cathode capacity through morphological control (position filled)


University of Sheffield Rebecca Boston
Engineering cathode particle (in-)homogeneity through secondary electron hyperspectral imaging (position filled)


University of Sheffield Cornelia Rodenburg and Serena Corr
From coin to pouch cell performance predictor: understanding limiting mechanisms, designing a modelling toolset, and optimising coin cell design


Imperial College London Monica Marinescu, Magda Titirici, Huizhi Wang
Porous materials for next generation Li-S batteries (position filled)


University of Nottingham Neil Champness, Graham Newton, Darren Walsh, Lee Johnson
In-situ protection of lithium metal anodes for Li-S batteries (position filled)


University of Oxford Mauro Pasta
The challenge of polyanion redox in oxalates (position filled)


University of St Andrews Rob Armstrong
Development of hard carbon/alloy composites as anodes for sodium-ion batteries (Position filled)


Lancaster University Nuria Tapia Ruiz
Manufacturing and characterisation of multi-material structured electrodes


University of Birmingham Daniel Reed, Emma Kendrick, Peter Slater
In-situ templating of structured electrodes


King’s College London Dr Chun Huang, Prof Patrick Grant
Deposition technologies for rapid dry electrode coating


University of Sheffield (applications reopened) Dr Denis Cumming, Dr Rachel Smith, Prof Patrick Grant
Non-linear frequency analysis of lithium-ion batteries (position filled)


University of Oxford Dave Howey
In-situ reaction mechanism and material speciation determination in operational batteries (position filled)


University of Southampton / ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Richard Wills & Martin Owen Jones



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