Lab Assistant in Energy Storage and Conversion (Professor Mauro Pasta)

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Job Description and Selection Criteria


Job title

Lab Assistant in Energy Storage and Conversion

Research topic

Cell fabrication and testing


Energy Storage and Conversion

Reporting to

Professor Mauro Pasta

Group website

Salary Range

A competitive remuneration package will apply


Full time

Contract type

Fixed-term (2 years), with the possibility of extension.

Start date

20 December 2020 (Negotiable)

Application closing date

30 November, 2020

Vacancy reference


Additional information

Expertise in Li-ion battery cell fabrication and testing.

The role

The OSCAR Lab Assistant (LA) will join the Energy Storage and Conversion group, reporting to Prof. Mauro Pasta. We are looking for candidates with expertise, a strong hands-on ability, with the following areas:

  • Li-ion battery fabrication, in particular in the lab-scale pouch cell format
  • Electrochemical characterization of Li-ion battery prototypes
  • Experience with non Li-ion chemistries (Na-ion, Li-metal, solid electrolytes)
  • Experience with materials characterization techniques including electron microscopy (i.e. SEM and TEM and sample preparation) and x-ray techniques (i.e. XRD, XPS) etc.

We are looking for well organized and self-motivated candidates, 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.


  • Support the research as directed by the PI and the Research Scientist (RS) to a high degree of professional competence.
  • Battery fabrication and testing (coin/ pouch cell), in particular for pouch cell.
  • Assist of lab building, especially for the battery prototyping and testing line building (coin cell/ pouch cell).
  • Working with the RS, in adapting existing and developing new materials, techniques and experimental protocols beyond the traditional Li-ion chemistry.
  • Use and maintain specialist scientific equipment in a laboratory environment.
  • Lab management, ensuring that chemicals, reagents, glassware and consumables are kept in stock by tracking inventory and re-ordering.
  • Assist in keeping the synthetic chemistry equipment and analytical facilities serviced, maintained and in good working order.
  • Be a point of contact in relation to: maintenance contracts, use of external facilities, and (where necessary) requests from the team’s collaborators in academia and industry.
  • Maintain detailed records of work completed and report on this at regular intervals.
  • Generally, assist the RS in the conduct of the research work of the team.

Selection criteria



  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in Engineering (ideal), Chemistry or Materials Science
  • 3+ years of experience in battery pouch cell fabrication and electrochemical testing
  • Be viewed as a motivated, enthusiastic, organised member of a team who can work with a minimum of supervision but at the same time extract the benefits of an excellent research environment.
  • Proven ability to work supportively in a laboratory environment and take part in joint projects through co-operation and the exchange of information, skills and reagents.
  • Be able to comply with relevant Health and Safety regulations.
  • Have a track record of delivering project objectives against deadlines.
  • Communicate well in English in writing and in oral presentations.



  • Be familiar with the materials characterization, including advanced imaging (i.e. FIB/SEM and TEM, spectroscopy and sample preparation) and X-ray techniques (i.e. XRD, XPS) etc.
  • Be willing to learn new techniques and apply them in an interdisciplinary research environment to expand and improve technical and theoretical knowledge.

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. 


Guidance for Applicants

Thank you for your interest in applying for posts at the Oxford-Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR). Please read the following tips to help you proceed with the application process.

Before the application: 

Please read carefully the job description and selection criteria for the post for which you are applying at the OSCAR website: to determine whether you have the required skills, knowledge, and experience as advertised. Please DO NOT apply for the posts which are currently unavailable. We typically receive many applications for each post, and so you will need to show in a covering letter how you meet the essential criteria and the desirable criteria in order to be shortlisted for interview.

Required Application documents:

  1. Please submit a cover letter and CV (both in English and in PDF) by email attachment to
  2. Email subject: the title of the post for which you are applying. 
  3. Email content: please include your contact information, name, telephone number, and any dates for which you would not be available for interview.


Cover letter (no longer than one page)

Use the covering letter to explain your motivation for joining OSCAR, and state how your skills and experience match these requirements. Please provide evidence that you have the skills, knowledge, experience, qualifications that match the requirements of the post. The strongest applications provide examples of previous work that demonstrate how you meet the essential and desirable criteria.  Check your spelling and grammar; successful applications are typically proof-read to give the best impression to the selection panel.

Curriculum Vitae (CV, no longer than 2 pages)

Check that your CV is up-to-date and keep your CV within the page limit.  Highlight the skills and experience that are relevant to the post for which you are applying. Avoid sending a generic CV; the strongest applications are those for which CVs are tailored for the needs of the post for which the candidate is applying.  Give details of your education, employment history, publication record, lists of prizes, and voluntary experience.


After the application:

When you submit an application, the information you supply on your application will be provided to a selection panel, who will use it to assess your suitability for the post against the published selection criteria. You may be contacted via e-mail at any date regarding your application.

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  • The information provided in the application materials is true and complete. I understand that any offer of employment may be conditional upon satisfactory screening. 
  • I consent to be contacted by OSCAR at any date regarding my application. 
  • I consent to the information given in this application being stored and processed in accordance with the data protection rules at OSCAR. 

Thank you again for your interest in applying for a post at OSCAR.


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