Research Fellow- Advanced Composite Materials Laboratory

University of Southampton - Electrochemistry

We are looking for a Research Fellow to carry out pioneering work in the search for new electrocatalysts for fuel cells and electrolysers. New catalysts based on metal oxide and chalcogenide structures will be developed for these important future energy conversion technologies using combinatorial synthetic methodologies and high through-put screening techniques.

You will work in the Advanced Composite Materials Facility within Chemistry at the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one per cent of world universities* and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities. Southampton has an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. Chemistry at Southampton is one of the best places in the UK for chemistry teaching and research with an international reputation for excellence. 

  • QS World University Rankings 2012-13.

Advances in thin film synthetic methods have recently allowed the discovery and optimisation of new solid-state materials for applications in the electronics and energy sectors. You will join a team applying these methods together with full materials characterisation tools to develop new classes of electrocatalysts. You will be part of a larger EPSRC funded team as a member of the JUICED HUB (Joint University Industry Consortium for Energy (Materials) and Devices Hub). Both academic and industrial partners are looking for materials solutions to a number of technological challenges in the energy sector. A background and practical skills in the area of electrocatalysis is essential, and experimental skills in vacuum thin film synthesis, and the characterisation of thin film materials, are desirable. Ideally experience in characterisation methods will include cyclic voltammetry, XRD, XPS, SEM, EDS, AFM and the measurement of electrical properties.

This post is suitable for PhD chemists, chemical physicist, material scientist or chemical engineer, and is available now.

For additional information before submitting your application, contact Professor Brian E. Hayden (

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Elsa Samwell (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 942617EB on all correspondence.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality.The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. Both the University of Southampton and Chemistry are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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