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Green Chemistry Research Technician, Battery Recycling

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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25,941 - 26,715 per year
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Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence has a fixed term technical position available to support the UK Faraday Challenge Battery Recycling project. The appointment will be from 1st March 2020 for 11 months in the first instance.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, placed in the top ten UK for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF). As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.


Based in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, this post will provide technical support for the Faraday Challenge Battery Recycling project. The project is investigating potential recycling and reprocessing methodologies for anodes and cathodes in automotive batteries. The postholder will work under the direction of the lead researcher to execute laboratory-based tests and larger scale proof of concept processes in order to eventually remanufacture lithium-ion batteries incorporating recycled materials.

The main duties include:

  • executing technical tests for various solvent applications including polymer dissolution, polymer recovery, slurry production and electrode casting
  • travelling to partners to initiate testing of solvents in battery manufacture
  • keeping detailed and organised records of all experiments and work undertaken and generating weekly summaries of key areas of research
  • attending quarterly meetings to discuss progress
  • planning and performing experiments or other tasks using a range of scientific techniques

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • HNC, HND, Degree or equivalent in Chemistry or appropriate experience
  • RSciTech / EngTech or willingness to work towards these or equivalent professional qualifications
  • In-depth knowledge of relevant safety regulations and procedures and knowledge of green chemistry
  • Knowledge and ability to implement practical techniques used in general laboratory
  • Ability to analyse and interpret data and explain complex information to others
  • Experience of working independently in a chemistry laboratory environment, working on your own initiative and keeping accurate and concise records
  • Experience of training other people, data analysis and performing complex technical tasks to a consistently high standard with attention to detail

Interview date: 4 February 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor James Clark or Dr Hannah Briers, or

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