PhD Studentships

Recruitment of 14 Faraday Institution PhD researchers for October 2021 start.

Are you considering postgraduate study? Looking for a battery related career that contributes to creating a sustainable future? Keen to join a dynamic community of pioneering battery researchers seeking to find solutions to support a fully electric future?

The Faraday Institution is funding a number of its partner universities to recruit 14 talented individuals to become part of its PhD training programme in October 2021 and join the existing 44-strong PhD researcher group.

These opportunities are open to UK students and international students (who can make up 30% of the PhD cohort but will need to cover the cost of the additional tuition fees as there is no additional funding for this). See guide to UKRI studentships.

The Faraday Institution offers an exciting PhD programme. The 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 training package worth £7,000. 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 Faraday Institution PhD Studentships:

Topic title Project Institution Supervisor
Long-duration instrumented operando cell XAFS studies of modified Co-free cathodes: LNO and LNMO FutureCat University of Warwick Louis Piper
Developing Novel Processing Methods for Lithium-Ion Batteries: Modelling Dry Electrode Manufacturing Processes Nextrode University of Sheffield Rachel Smith
Developing a hierarchical task execution framework for automatic disassembly of electrical vehicle battery pack ReLiB University of Birmingham Rustam Stolkin, Alireza Rastegarpanah
Experimental discovery of new multiple-anion solid-state electrolytes SOLBAT University of Liverpool Matt Rosseinsky



Manufacturing next generation cathode materials (position filled) CATMAT University of Birmingham Emma Kendrick, Phoebe Allan, Peter Slater
Development of plasma polymer coatings for control of the CEI on high-voltage spinel cathode materials (position filled) FutureCat Lancaster University John Griffin, Nuria Tapia-Ruiz
Towards carbon fibres based structural Li-S batteries (position filled) LiSTAR Imperial College London and UCL Magda Titrici, Rhod Jervis
Recycling of high power titanate/niobate based anodes (position filled) ReLiB University of Birmingham Peter Slater, Emma Kendrick, Paul Anderson
Metrology for safer batteries: electro-acoustic fingerprinting to probe fault nucleation and propagation (position filled) SafeBatt UCL Dan Brett
Nanoscale cryo-microscopy of the nucleation and growth of dendrites in lithium-ion batteries (position filled) SafeBatt Imperial College London Mary Ryan and Baptiste Gault
Elastic and self-healing artificial SEIs  (position filled) Degradation University of Cambridge Clare Grey
Cell designs and testing methodologies for parameterisation (position filled) Battery Modelling University of Birmingham Emma Kendrick, Peter Slater
Operando electrochemical atomic force microscopy of Li-S batteries: Revealing the nanoscale mechanisms driving anode and cathode capacity loss and deterioration (position filled) LiSTAR UCL Thomas Miller
Cathode development and optimisation for high-power sodium-ion batteries (position filled) NEXGENNA University of Oxford Bill David


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