PhD scholarship in Materials and New Technologies for Battery Storage


31 December 2018


 Dr Alexey Glushenkov

The PhD candidate will be based in the Research School of Chemistry or in the Research School of Engineering, depending on the candidate’s background. The degree will be in chemistry or engineering, respectively.

The PhD student will be a member of Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, a new research initiative between the Research School of Chemistry and the Research School of Engineering at ANU. The Program focuses on the integration of batteries in grid and renewable energy generation as well as the development of new types of battery storage technologies.

The Research School of Chemistry (RSC) was founded in 1967. The School divides its research into the following themes: Biological chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Materials chemistry, Organic chemistry, Physical chemistry and Computational & Theoretical chemistry. The RSC has 47 academic and 34 professional staff and more than 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students. From late 2013, the School has been accommodated in new, state-of-the-art laboratories with excellent facilities and resources for chemical research.

The Research School of Engineering is one of two Research Schools within the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS). This is an exciting time to join the School and be part of a community that prides itself on solving “wicked problems” in collaboration with the best minds in the world. The Schools takes pride in pursuing its fundamental mission – discovery and making knowledge matter – to the very highest quality.

Position overview

The PhD candidate will conduct cutting edge research in materials (electrode materials, binders and electrolytes) to enable next generation batteries (sodium-ion, potassium-ion and dual-ion batteries) and related devices (hybrid metal-ion capacitors). Research visits to Germany, the US and/or Japan will be a part of the PhD experience. We anticipate that experience of working with industrial partners will be a part of the candidature.


We are looking for an inspired and ambitious researcher who is prepared to push the boundaries of battery science and achieve the breakthroughs not possible before. Applicants with background in chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering are welcome to apply. 

An ideal candidate can demonstrate academic excellence, drive and ability to solve non-standard problems. Previous experience in electrochemical energy storage technologies and materials science will be well regarded. Both Australian and international candidates are welcome to apply.

How to apply

In order to apply for this role please ensure that you attach the following documents:

  • A covering letter.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), and names of a minimum of three (3) referees.
  • Copies of transcripts for previous degrees.

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