Research Fellow- FAI0006

Brunel University London

Institute of Materials and Manufacturing Theme: Materials Characterisation and Processing

Salary (R1): £32,548 - £38,833 per annum plus £2,166 per annum London Weighting Fixed term – up to 12 months

SUNRISE, a UK led collaborative project, with funding support (total ~ £8m) from Grand Challenge Research Fund (GCRF), announced recently (http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/documents/gcrf-calls/growcallbooklet37finaljuly2017-pdf/) will help deliver the challenge announced by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, that he was determined to leap-frog fossil fuels and harness global solar expertise to turn his nation green. Combining the best of British and Indian solar expertise from leading institutions in both countries, the project will develop printed photovoltaic (PV) cells and innovative manufacturing processes. This will allow local production, at scale, of affordable solar energy products, which will be integrated into buildings in five large, off-grid villages before the end of the project.

The role of the Research Fellow appointed will be to undertake ongoing development of the program taking up the responsibility on the measurement and integration of PV modules with electrochemical and thermal storage devices viz. supercapacitors, batteries, optical concentrators, thermochemical storage etc.

The work will also involve studies to be conducted towards the development of large area modules (30cm x 30cm) for low cost PV alternatives viz. CIGS and Perovskite solar cells. They will be coordinating with other staff members already working on the program to achieve the project’s objectives.

They will be responsible for the management of the laboratories including the operation and maintenance of (both teaching and research) laboratory equipment, managing the workflow of multiple users, setting up booking systems, minor repair and liaising with external maintenance companies. A thorough knowledge of relevant Health and Safety and Risk Assessment legislation, regulations and protocols is vital as the post is responsible for ensuring the research operates within a clear Health and Safety framework.

The successful candidate will have a significant understanding of scientific principles and practices relating to the area of synthesis of various organic and inorganic materials viz. polymers, ceramic and semiconducting materials for ionic and optoelectronics applications.

They will be a confident communicator who is able to demonstrate ability to clearly and effectively impart complex and technical principles and requirements to colleagues and students with different levels of knowledge and expertise. In addition, they may have to engage in coordinating work with partners’ laboratories in the UK and India and may be asked to undertake travel if needed.

Closing date for applications: 18 January 2018

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