2019 PhD Studentships

Faraday Institution funds universities to recruit students to become part of the Faraday Institution PhD programme, with cohort intakes in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Faraday Institution will fund 19 studentships in 2019, and eligibility for students is as for UKRI studentships. The students receive an enhanced stipend over and above the usual EPSRC offer. This is around £20,000 (plus London weighting where appropriate) plus an additional £7,000 annually to cover training and travel costs. Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, a mentor, internships as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills and aspirations.

Host institutions are beginning to publicise the PhD opportunities available starting in the autumn of 2019:

Imperial College London, "Microstructural fingerprint: The application of machine learning methods for the characterisation and optimisation of electrode microstructures

University of Birmingham, "Exploring potential re-use applications for Mn-based cathodes"

University of Birmingham, "Recycling and reuse of lithium-ion battery anode materials"

University of Sheffield, "Particle packing in high nickel content cathodes" 

University of Southampton, "Stabilisation of NMC interfaces via Nano-Structuring"

University of Southampton (Joint Faraday Institution / ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Studentship), "In-situ reaction mechanism and material speciation determination in operational batteries"

Applicants should contact the host institutions directly for further details. Where links are not given, the post has not yet been advertised. 


Affiliated Faraday Institution PhD studentships available through our partner universities:

University of Birmingham, "Li-ion batteries: recovery and reconditioning"

Lancaster University, "PhD Studentship in Energy Storage Materials"

University of Liverpool, "Discovery of new solid state electrolytes for lithium batteries"

University of Southampton, "Atomistic simulation methods for ion conduction in battery materials"

University of Southampton, "In operando detection of gas evolution from lithium batteries"

Closed positions

Imperial College London, "Microscopic origin of thermal and charge traps in lithium ion battery electrodes"

University College London, "Spatial and time resolved powder diffraction"

University of Birmingham, "Developing manufacturing strategies to deliver high performance cathode materials utilising recycled materials"

University of Oxford, "Interfacial characterisation of hybrid solid-liquid electrolyte for Li-metal anode batteries"

University of Oxford, "Li and Na wetting of cathode ceramics"

University of Oxford, "New approaches to the cathode-solid electrolyte interface in the manufacturing of solid-state batteries"

University of Oxford, "Nonlinear frequency analysis of lithium-ion batteries"

Newcastle University, "Higher harmonics response analysis as diagnostic and prediction tool for batteries

University of Leicester, "Alternative binders to simplify the recycling of lithium ion batteries

University of Edinburgh, "Biological recovery of metals from lithium ion batteries (LIBs) and synthesis of nanoparticles

University of Manchester, "Mapping the chemical, electronic and ionic properties of high-capacity cathode materials"

University of Sheffield, "Scalable processing for multilayer composites as enabling structures for solid state batteries and metallic anodes" 

Oxford Brookes, "Prospective analyses of sustainable electric mobility scenarios"

University of Birmingham, "A fully funded Faraday Institution studentship (PhD) in robotic manipulation"

University of Oxford, "Mechanical behaviour of solid state lithium ion batteries"


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