UK/EU students

Faraday Institution Studentship: Research in the Area of the Recycling and Circular Economy of Automotive Batteries

Value of award

Full UK/EU fees and a stipend (living allowance) of £18,000 to £20,000 per annum.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

As soon as possible.

Application closing date

24 September 2018.


Newcastle University is offering a three-year studentship commencing Autumn – Winter 2018 funded by the flagship UK Faraday Institution and Newcastle University.

This studentship is part of an exciting national project collaborating with a number of other universities and companies focussed on the recycling of lithium batteries: UK fees are covered as well as a generous stipend of £18,000 to £20,000 per annum, commensurate with age and experience. 

The successful candidate will participate in a national training network and will have the opportunity to take placement(s) in collaborating companies.  One of two possible projects is offered: the first project will involve collaboration with the Nissan UK battery plant and will include the development of techniques both physical and statistical to assess the state-of-health and state-of-life of vehicle battery packs and assess their suitability for re-purposing or recycling.

The alternative project will include the electro-thermal modelling and experimental investigation of Li-ion battery to understand the thermal behaviour and associated degradation mechanism and safety hazards with the aim of guiding the safe dismantling of used battery packs for recycling.


UK Faraday Institution and Newcastle University.

Name of supervisor(s)

The supervisory team will be Professor Paul Christensen and Dr Prodip Das.

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for candidates with enthusiasm, ability and 2(I) or 1st class Batchelor or Masters Degrees in electrochemistry, chemistry or mechanical engineering.

This funding is only available for UK/EU candidates.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.  Fields marked with a red asterisk are compulsory and all relevant fields should be completed.

The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:


For further information please email Professor Paul Christensen, School of Engineering.

Eligible Courses