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Predicting electrochemical thermo-physics in lithium-ion batteries using lattice Boltzmann approach

Brunel University London (BUL) is recruiting to EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships effective 1 October 2020. Applications are invited for the following specific project called “Predicting electrochemical thermo-physics in lithium-ion batteries using lattice Boltzmann approach”.

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,285 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees either through nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK. 

The successful applicants will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

This exciting research project is focused on the development of mesoscale lattice Boltzmann approaches to investigate microscopic multi-physics interactions among electrochemistry, mechanics and transport inside lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Currently, although LIB technologies have been widely used in portable devices, the battery industry still faces grand challenges to extend LIB applications towards larger-scale energy applications including electrical vehicles and energy storage. Among others, battery-capacity fading is one key issue due to a lack of scientific understanding of the interactions.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to take initiative to work on an exciting research project.

Please contact Dr J. Xia at jun.xia@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion about the studentships.

This is a College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences: EPSRC Funded DTP PhD Studentship.


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.   

Experience in applications and development of lattice Boltzmann approaches; research and development in lithium-ion battery technologies; flow simulation and modelling; computational physics; computer code development; parallel computation is an advantage.  In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

How to apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Noon on Friday 26 June 2020 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk. Interviews will take place in July 2020.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.