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Complete a Masters by Research in Electric Vehicle Batteries

Get paid to gain a Masters degree with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University, The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.


Location: Lancaster

What you will be doing

This project will work towards repurposing Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries with “second-life” warranties. You will complete a collaborative Masters by Research at Lancaster University with supervision from Professors Harry Hoster, Katy Mason and partner company Altelium Ltd.

Where will the several million electric vehicle (EV) batteries go when they retire? As the first batch of EV batteries become obsolete, we are faced with the huge challenge of the responsible disposal of used batteries – but this challenge also presents a huge opportunity.

This project seeks to quicken the pace of energy storage technology by working on the “repurposing” of second-life EV batteries. Second-life packs are removed from electric vehicles once their range falls below 80% and they are increasingly used for energy storage by industries with high peak energy demands. The use of second-life batteries would be greater if warranties insured their shelf life, thereby avoiding waste and building consumer confidence in second-life batteries.

This project will develop an extended warranty for a second-life battery pack in a stationary storage application. The successful applicant will work alongside partner company Altelium and its sister company CNC Asset (a long-term player at the London Insurance Market) to develop a pilot extended warranty for the battery for a battery for the SME Connected Energy.

You will join a cohort of like-minded researchers, gain a further qualification, focus your career and gain £15,000 along with a tuition fee contribution from your partner company. This is an incredible opportunity to gain commercial experience whilst qualifying with a Masters degree.

  • You will gain skills in the working principles and the operation strategy of Lithium Ion Batteries’ longevity
  • You will gain experience with the circular economy of energy storage systems
  • You will build business models that provide a win-win for battery manufacturer and warranty provider (insurer)

What you will have

We welcome applicants with proved capabilities and/or experience in physics, chemistry, engineering, or business. The successful graduates should be able to begin this project in October 2019. 

  • You have a 2:1 degree or above in a related discipline
  • You have a desire to complete a Masters
  • You have a keen interest in engineering and real-world applications
  • You are willing to study and work for a year

Company benefits: Tax free salary • Reduced tuition fees • Gain a Masters from a Top Ten University

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Complete a funded Masters by research at Lancaster University.


Centre for Global Eco Innovation Overview



The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University has over 60 live PhD and Masters research projects, all linked with external partners. This cohort has regular socials, residential events and informal meetings to create a social and supportive working atmosphere. Through this peer network, researchers can find support and advice when challenges are faced.



Previous researchers have gone onto a variety of successful positions. Some of these are at Lancaster University and other research institutions, others are with their partner organisations. Some are now in the commercial world working with exciting businesses, helping to develop new technologies and concepts. 


These projects are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and subject to funding confirmation.

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