Research Studentship in Battery Degradation for Electric/Hybrid Vehicles

4-Year fully funded D.Phil studentship, starting January 2016 (subject to eligibility requirements below)

Research Area

The aim of this project is to investigate degradation of lithium-ion batteries in “real world” vehicle use and relate behaviour to laboratory tests. A particular area of focus is the development of accelerated ageing tests in order to understand battery capacity fade and power fade in relation to various stress factors, and develop predictive models. The project builds on our existing work in these areas and the strong relationship between the University of Oxford and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), and is part funded by EPSRC and JLR through the EPSRC Industrial CASE award scheme.

The student will be based at the University of Oxford as part of the Energy and Power Group and supervised by David Howey (Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering).

Award Value

The EPSRC-JLR Industrial CASE Award covers University and College fees at the level set for UK/EU students, plus it provides a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £16,500 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further three years. A computer will be provided for the student for the duration of the project. Additionally, some allowance is available for international conferences and lab consumables.


Industrial CASE funded students must fulfil standard eligibility criteria for qualifications and residence that are described here in addition to the candidate requirements described below.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates must meet the graduate admissions criteria of the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, available at

In addition, candidates must demonstrate experience in electrical energy research, for example, by a publication in the proceedings of an international conference or in a journal, or appropriate industrial experience.

An ability to program in Matlab is desirable but not essential.

Application Procedure

To apply for this studentship, candidates should:

(1) Send the following documents to :

  • CV
  • Covering letter (explaining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date)
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees


(2) Submit a full graduate application to the University of Oxford at the same time as the actions described in the previous paragraph. Please quote St Hilda’s as your first choice college. Your studentship application will NOT be considered until you have submitted a full graduate application. Further details about making a graduate application are available at

Please quote JLROXF in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted

Application deadline:  12 noon UK time on 6th November 2015