Postdoctoral Research Fellow: charge storage mechanism and transport kinetics of sodium ions in bat

Jul 31, 2017
Oct 15, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

School of Chemical Engineering

The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent international reputation, which has been built over four decades at the University.

With 35 academic staff, including 20 professors, the School provides quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. The School conducts undergraduate teaching in the disciplines of chemical, biological, environmental and metallurgical engineering and teaches into postgraduate programs in growing fields including integrated water management and energy studies. The School’s project centered curriculum was recently chosen in a RAE & MIT study as one of six global exemplars in leading engineering education. UQ Chemical Engineering was ranked in the top 16 worldwide in the 2012 QS rankings for chemical engineering and was the top ranking school in Australia. It was also given the highest score for chemical engineering in Australia in the recent ERA study.

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The role

The successful appointee will work on a multi-disciplinary research project funded by Australian Research Council, focusing on fundamental study on charge storage mechanism and transport kinetics of sodium ions in batteries and capacitors using computational methods. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with other experimental research staff and PhD students to share research results. You will also be participating in supervising a PhD candidate.


The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Physics, Physical Chemistry, or related scientific field, such as Materials Science and Electrochemistry. Research experience on computational modeling and simulation of charge transport phenomena in both solid and liquid phases related to rechargeable batteries and electrochemical capacitors is essential. Knowledge of electric double layer theory, electrochemical energy storage, and electrolyte interface phenomena is desired. Experience on using classical or ab initio molecular dynamics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of liquid electrlytes, and quantum mechanical calculations is important.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.



This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at Research Academic Level A for two years with possible extension (up to 2-3 years). The remuneration package will be in the range $64,533.50 - $87,535.13 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,504.19 - $102,416.10 p.a.).





To discuss this role please contact Professor George Zhao at

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

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