Research Scientist in Energy Storage and Conversion (Prof. Mauro Pasta)

Job description and selection criteria

Job title

Research Scientist in Energy Storage and Conversion 

Research topics

Energy Storage and Conversion: lithium battery and electro-catalysis


Energy Storage and Conversion

Reporting to

Prof. Mauro Pasta

Group websites

Salary Range

A competitive remuneration package will apply


Full time

Contract type

Fixed-term (3 years)

Start date

20 December 2020

Application closing date

30 November, 2020

Vacancy reference

Additional information

Job description

About OSCAR (Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research)

OSCAR, the first overseas research centre of the University of Oxford, is working closely with the Suzhou Industrial Park and both academic and industrial collaborators in China to progress a range of exciting societal and economic development opportunities.

As a multidisciplinary research, innovation and technology centre, OSCAR focuses on research challenges and technologies that both complement the Centre’s location in Suzhou Industrial Park and capitalise on current Oxford research strengths. Research will initially be focused around the areas of biomedical engineering, biomedicine, advanced functional materials, electronic / optoelectronic / photonic devices, environmental technology, energy, mathematical and computational applications in finance and in health, and other related science and engineering disciplines.

The Centre is positioned in Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District (SEID), a district in southern SIP with a high concentration of science, education and innovation activity. SEID is the prototype of higher education internationalization in China which hosts 32 local and foreign universities and institutions. The Centre, housed in a nine-storey building with a gross space of 20,000m2, offers flexible access to facilities for multi-functional activities such as labs, seminars, workshops, training, public events, and administration, etc.

Energy Storage and Conversion Group

Lead by Prof. Mauro Pasta, the energy storage and conversion group investigates materials chemistry and electrochemistry applied to energy storage and conversion devices. 

Overview of the role

Reporting to Prof. Mauro Pasta. The post holder is a member of a research group with responsibility for carrying out research for the Energy Storage and Conversion group. We are looking for researchers with expertise, proven by a strong publication record, in one or preferably more of the following areas:

  • solid state electrochemistry (including EIS, voltammetric methods, quartz microbalance)
  • solid state materials chemistry
  • batteries, in particular Li-metal and solid state batteries
  • materials characterization including advanced imaging (i.e. FIB/SEM and TEM, spectroscopy and sample preparation) and X-ray techniques (i.e. XRD, XPS)

We are looking for well organised and self-motivated scientists, with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, to identify research objectives and to carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale, demonstrating the ability to work co-operatively with colleagues in an extremely fast-paced and intellectually stimulating environment.

The post holder provides guidance to less experienced members of the research group, including postdocs, research assistants, technicians, and PhD and project students.


Application closing date: 31 March, 2020


  • Manage own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines
  • Adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols
  • Test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and      refining working hypotheses as appropriate
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects
  • Develop ideas for generating research income, and present detailed research proposals to senior researchers
  • Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally present papers and posters
  • Use specialist scientific equipment in a laboratory environment
  • Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and experimental techniques
  • Represent the research group at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of the group or alone
  • Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups

Selection criteria

  • Hold a relevant PhD, together with relevant experience
  • Strong publication record in the areas mentioned in the overview of the role
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes
  • Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities
  • Previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings
  • Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project
  • Experience and both the ability and interest to teach or train others.

The candidates will be considered at both the Senior Scientist and Scientist position depending on qualifications.


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