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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th August 2021
Closes: 4th October 2021
Job Ref: 97969

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Band/Grade: Grade 7

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 2 years

Closing Date: 4 October 2021

The post-doctoral position as part of the EPSRC-funded MASI project which includes the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff and Nottingham. The contract is for 2 years in the first instance, but there may be potential for extension subject to EPSRC review.

The project will investigate the electrocatalysis of such key reactions as amine oxidation, carbon dioxide reduction, oxygen reduction, and hydrogen evolution, using bespoke nanocluster catalysts designed and fabricated by our collaborators. The work will range from fundamental electrochemical studies to fuel cell/electrolyser testing of candidate catalysts, using both standard-commercial and in-house constructed equipment.

Your role will include conducting own and original research, experimental work and design/development of equipment and experiments. You will directly supervise at least 1 PhD student on this project, as well as contribute towards the daily running of the Group. You will be involved in reporting to, and attending MASI Project Partner meetings.

The project will investigate the electrocatalysis of such key reactions as amine oxidation, carbon dioxide reduction, oxygen reduction, and hydrogen evolution, using bespoke nanocluster catalysts designed and fabricated by our collaborators.

The work will range from fundamental electrochemical studies to fuel cell/electrolyser testing of candidate catalysts, using both standard-commercial and in-house constructed equipment.

The main duties and responsibilities of this post include;

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research

Person Specification includes;

  • A first degree in a relevant science/engineering discipline, and a PhD (or near to completion) in electrochemistry (or a closely-related subject), or equivalent
  • Demonstrable prior experience and track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals in areas closely related to the main research responsibilities, namely electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, and electrochemical kinetics.
  • Experience of technique/equipment development
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Neil Rees, n.rees@bham.ac.uk (website: www.nanoelectrochem.com)

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit our careers website; https://bham.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=101430233, please quote Job Ref 97969 in all enquiries.

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