Battery Materials Modelling Research Scientist - KTP Associate

£30,000 - £40,000

Sawston, Cambridgeshire - 24 months

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Job description

Job Purpose
The KTP Associate will:
• Apply academic theory to improve active battery materials that are currently of commercial interest
• Develop prototype models based on collated requirements for the product
• Developing realistic models of the active materials and variations thereof
• Answer research questions whilst describing method limitations to aid experimental design success
• Undertake necessary training for personal and career development
• Transfer the knowledge gained from compositional models to real life
• experimental work to improve electrochemistry performance
• Produce reports to senior management team
• Provide training materials/workshops to Echion staff as necessary
• Mentoring junior colleagues
• Produce marketing materials and technical online content to inform key business partners
• Contribute to academic research papers and intellectual property capture

Job Duties
• Carry out the KTP project tasks within a cutting-edge area of materials modelling and deliver the outcomes as outlined in the project plan

• Manage the project, applying materials modelling to an exciting and demanding business environment and disseminate the findings to the project team

• Undertake KTP management training, as well as other courses as deemed necessary

• Write R&D reports and presentations sharing these as project updates at the Local Management Committee (LMC) meetings, at national conferences and symposia and with the Echion Technologies team
• Update the Echion Technologies business development team with research outputs and developments for commercialisation of findings. Generate invention disclosure forms and assist the capture of intellectual property through pre-patent writing pre-patent technical invention reports.

• Travel to Company business partners within the UK, as required

• To undertake other such duties as may be reasonably requested and that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post

Points to Note

The purpose of this job description is to indicate the general level of duties and responsibility of the post. The detailed duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character or level of responsibility entailed.

Previous KTP Associates or employees of Echion Technologies are not normally eligible to apply for this KTP

Applicants must have completed their last qualification (degree, masters, PhD) no more than five years before closing date.

Project description

Applying materials modelling approaches to improve the performance of existing active anode material products for next generation Lithium-ion batteries, particularly focusing on improvements to energy density.

The technical goal of the KTP is to improve understanding of active anode materials stability in response to various modifications in order to improve energy density, ultimately providing in silico modelling to support R&D. The materials of focus will be proprietary Mixed Niobium Oxide structures that provide the ability to reversibly fast-charge/discharge a lithium-ion cell with significant advantages over current in market solutions. This will be delivered initially through enhanced understanding of crystal-level modifications, introduction of defects, potentially expanding the scope to grain boundary considerations.

About the business

Echion Technologies Ltd. is a materials research and development business and world-leading developer of advanced lithium-ion battery materials. Echion products enable cell manufacturers to deliver cost-effective, fast-charging, high-energy density and long-life power cells for a wide range of markets including automotive, premium consumer electronics, and grid-storage applications. The company provides materials and battery cell manufacturers with packages of protected intellectual property, customisation options, materials synthesis and cell integration know-how for a variety of end-user markets. Echion has a portfolio of patents in the area of Mixed Niobium Oxide anode materials and is regarded as a deep-tech start-up success story. To date the company has worked on several successful innovative projects with partners such as Vantage Power, QinetiQ, University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, UCL, and Johnson Matthey. The projects have focused on topics ranging from technical development to market assessment and joint commercialisation plans aiming to bring innovations to market. More recently Echion has successfully completed their £10M Series-A funding round, led by CBMM – the world’s leading supplier of niobium products and BGF – the UK & Ireland’s most active and dynamic investor of equity capital in growth economy companies, with Cambridge Enterprise, Origin Capital and other existing shareholders also taking part.

Higher Education

Materials science, Chemistry, Materials modelling, Electrochemistry performance

PhD in a relevant field such as Chemistry, Physics, Materials or Applied Mathematics.

11 October 2021

31 October 2021

31 October 2021

REQ211085


Job Purpose
The KTP Associate will:
• Apply academic theory to improve active battery materials that are currently of commercial interest
• Develop prototype models based on collated requirements for the product
• Developing realistic models of the active materials and variations thereof
• Answer research questions whilst describing method limitations to aid experimental design success
• Undertake necessary training for personal and career development
• Transfer the knowledge gained from compositional models to real life
• experimental work to improve electrochemistry performance
• Produce reports to senior management team
• Provide training materials/workshops to Echion staff as necessary
• Mentoring junior colleagues
• Produce marketing materials and technical online content to inform key business partners
• Contribute to academic research papers and intellectual property capture

Job Duties
• Carry out the KTP project tasks within a cutting-edge area of materials modelling and deliver the outcomes as outlined in the project plan

• Manage the project, applying materials modelling to an exciting and demanding business environment and disseminate the findings to the project team

• Undertake KTP management training, as well as other courses as deemed necessary

• Write R&D reports and presentations sharing these as project updates at the Local Management Committee (LMC) meetings, at national conferences and symposia and with the Echion Technologies team
• Update the Echion Technologies business development team with research outputs and developments for commercialisation of findings. Generate invention disclosure forms and assist the capture of intellectual property through pre-patent writing pre-patent technical invention reports.

• Travel to Company business partners within the UK, as required

• To undertake other such duties as may be reasonably requested and that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post

Points to Note

The purpose of this job description is to indicate the general level of duties and responsibility of the post. The detailed duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character or level of responsibility entailed.

Previous KTP Associates or employees of Echion Technologies are not normally eligible to apply for this KTP

Applicants must have completed their last qualification (degree, masters, PhD) no more than five years before closing date.