Summer Internships

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Faraday Undergraduate Summer Experience (FUSE) programme

Given the unprecedented times we are in, and uncertainty about when ‘normal’ life will resume, we are looking for creative ways of continuing the Faraday Institution education, training and attraction events in the current climate.

Accordingly, in the summer of 2020, the Faraday Institution will provide 45 undergraduate students with the opportunity to take part in a paid “virtual” internship associated with one of our partner universities of up to eight weeks duration.

Goals of the internships are:

  • To inspire young people to pursue careers in the fields of battery technology and energy storage
  • To diversify the pool of talent
  • To increase participants’ knowledge, skills and aspirations
  • Give contact with positive role models

Participating universities construct project research topics that connect to the Faraday Institution research projects and select their intern on a competitive basis from a diverse pool of applicants. Working alongside a supervisor, students have access to other research scientists. Interns are welcome to join the weekly Faraday Masterclass webinars and we will arrange video calls with our Faraday PhD researchers. At the end of the summer, and with the assistance of their supervisor, each intern prepares a poster covering their research. Students may be invited to present their research poster at a session at a Faraday Institution conference in November 2020.


Applicants must:

  • Be registered full-time undergraduate student from a UK university.
  • Undertake the internship within the years of their undergraduate study (i.e., not in final year).


Application processes vary by university. Please click on the links below where vacancy adverts are available, or email the supervisor for further details. 


Multi-scale modelling

Design of real-time model predictive control algorithms for advanced battery management systems, Imperial College London with Greg Offer and Breathe Battery Technologies

Complete characterisation of the Faraday electrolyte, University of Oxford with Charles Monroe

Thermal management of cylindrical lithium Ion cells: measuring and modelling in-cell thermal gradients and their impact on performance fade, Lancaster University with Alana Zulke 

Atomistically-informed descriptors of order in lithium ion materials for cell diagnosis, Lancaster University with Michael Mercer

Battery digital twins, Imperial College London with Billy Wu

Techno-economic analysis of medium-run energy storage, University of Oxford (Applications - CV and cover letter emailed to Dave Howey - by 5pm on June 5th)

Characterisation of diffusion coefficients using reduced models, University of Warwick with Ferran Brosa Planella

Making batteries interactive, Imperial College London with Yatish Patel

Investigation on the structure and sodium ion transport mechanisms in Na4MnV(PO4)3: A NASICON-type positive electrode for high energy density sodium batteries, University of Bath with Rana Islam

SOLBAT - Solid state batteries

Mechanical behaviour of lithium and lithium voids, University of Cambridge with Joe Stallard

A computational study into the crystal chemistry of novel lithium ion conductors, University of Liverpool with Matthew Dryer

Improved anode alloys, University of Oxford with Chris Grovenor (Position filled)

Voiding simulations for Li/solid-electrolyte interfaces, University of Oxford with Charles Monroe

Evaluation Li7La3Zr2O12-based solid state battery fabricated by using tape-casting and infiltration methods, University of St Andrews with John Irvine

FutureCat - Li-ion cathode materials

Biologically inspired green routes for the synthesis of energy storage materials for next generation Li-ion batteries, University of Sheffield with Siddharth Patwardhan

Functional block copolymer binders for enhanced cathode conductivity, University of Sheffield with Alisyn Nedoma

Elucidating charging mechanisms in MOF electrodes, University of Cambridge with Alexander Forse

Variable temperature impedance measurements, University of Cambridge with Sian Dutton

NEXGENNA - Sodium-ion batteries

Computational assessment of the SEI for an OSPC-1 anode in a potential sodium ion battery, Lancaster University (applications closed)

Evaluation of biomass-derived carbon nanotubes as negative electrodes in sodium ion batteries, University of St Andrews with John Irvine

LiSTAR - Lithium-sulfur batteries

Thiolated quinones as redox mediators, University of Nottingham with David Rogers/Darren Walsh

Substituted viologens as redox mediators, University of Nottingham with Graham Newton/David Rogers

Modelling and simulations to investigate the effect of electrolyte in Li-S batteries, University of Surrey with Tina Lekakou

Modelling Li-S batteries, University College London with Rhodri Jervis/Nive Kulkarni

Lithium-sulfur battery model implementation in Python, Imperial College London, with Monica Marinescu/Michael Cornish

Lithium-sulfur batteries – challenges & opportunities, UPDATE: APPLICATIONS NOW DUE 5TH JUNE NOT 8TH JUNE AS STATED IN PDF, University of Cambridge with Clare Grey

Nextrode - Electrode manufacturing

Development of educational resources to explain battery manufacturing, University of Birmingham with Peter Slater

Developing mixer geometries for discrete element method modelling of high energy mixer processing, University of Sheffield with Rachel Smith

Review of the commercial and patent literature in the dry and semi-dry battery electrode processing space, University of Sheffield with Denis Cumming (two positions)


The interplay between copper current collector reactivity and lithium dendrite growth on graphite anodes, UPDATE: APPLICATIONS NOW DUE 5TH JUNE NOT 8TH JUNE AS STATED IN PDF. University of Cambridge with Svetlana Menkin

Density functional theory investigation of redox flow battery electrolytes, UPDATE: APPLICATIONS NOW DUE 5TH JUNE NOT 8TH JUNE AS STATED IN PDF. University of Cambridge with Rajesh Jethwa / Clare Grey

Modelling Li concentration in Li-ion battery material: the case of the promising NMC811, UPDATE: APPLICATIONS NOW DUE 5TH JUNE NOT 8TH JUNE AS STATED IN PDF. University of Cambridge with Quentin Jacquet

CATMAT - Li-ion cathode materials

Exploring the link between the Madelung potential and disorder in lithium rich cathode materials, University of Bath with Adam Symington

Cathode-electrolyte interfaces in Li based batteries: transition from liquid to solid electrolytes, University of Cambridge with Clare Grey

Role of cation identity on local order in Li2MOS anti-perovskite cathode materials, University of Bath with Samuel Coles

Data-driven machine learning of Li-ion cathode materials, University of Liverpool with Matt Rosseinsky

Evaluating lithium percolation networks in Li4RuO4–RuO4 chemical space, University of Bath with Ben Morgan (applications closed)

RELiB - Recycling and reuse

Development of educational resources to explain battery management, University of Birmingham with Peter Slater

Designing electrodes for easier construction and recycle, University of Leicester with Andrew Abbott (position filled)

Sankey diagram of material and energy flows of the EV lithium-ion battery life cycle, Newcastle University with Oliver Heidrich

State-of-health assessment of lithium-ion battery modules, Newcastle University with Simon Lambert

Understanding the battery module configuration in the Nissan Leaf battery pack, Newcastle University with Simon Lambert

Preliminary excel-based model for assessing the environmental impacts of lithium ion battery recycling, Newcastle University with Oliver Heidrich

Evaluation of impact of extreme weather on EV lifespan from UK datasets, University of Birmingham with Robert Elliott


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