Research Associate in the Development of Oxide Electrodes for High Temperature Electrochemical Devices

Imperial College London - Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering

Campus: South Kensington and White City

Full-Time appointment for up to 12 months

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to investigate the development of oxide electrodes used in high temperature solid state electrochemical devices with a focus on the microstructure at the materials interfaces. The post will be based within the Electroceramic Materials group at Imperial College London, working with Professors Stephen Skinner, Mary Ryan, John Kilner & Dr Ainara Aguadero and is part of a collaborative project with Dr Chris Nicklin at Diamond Light Source Ltd., UK.

You will be involved in an exciting project that will develop our understanding of the electrochemistry at the interfaces of materials used as electrodes in oxide electrochemical cells. You will be expected to characterise the materials of interest, typically thin films of layered oxides, both structurally and electrochemically. The project will build on initial work with the LaAlO3 single crystal substrate, and will develop our understanding of the effect of strain at interfaces on thin films selected for their potential to demonstrate significant oxygen transport, oxygen evolution or reduction catalysis. You will be responsible primarily for the development of techniques to investigate the electrochemical processes occurring at the electrode-electrolyte interfaces, and to correlate this with the microstructure of these devices. 

The appointee will be central to the work of the collaborative project liaising with external partners and other RAs. As part of the Electroceramic Materials group in the Department of Materials you will also support the research programme of the group. You will be offered extensive opportunities for collaborative work, both within and external to Imperial College, including at overseas and industrial partners. 

You will have a PhD degree (or equivalent), preferably in materials science, physics or chemistry, and have experience of materials characterisation, diffraction techniques, surface characterisation, and electron microscopy. You will also be expected to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of complimentary materials characterisation techniques such as electrical conductivity, isotopic exchange and impedance spectroscopy.

Excellent communication and organisational skills are required.

You can find details of salary, terms & conditions, including contract type/duration, benefits, etc.

Closing date: 30 October 2017 (Midnight GMT)

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