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Research Associate in Rational Design Synthetic Chemistry and Electrochemistry

Lancaster University - Department of Chemistry

Location: Lancaster
Salary: £28,756 to £33,309
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: A3549

This post is part of a research project relating to the indirect electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to hydrocarbon products. It is funded by the European Research Commission as part of a five-year Starting Grant awarded to the PI. The postdoctoral researcher sought in this particular post will be focussed on the design and synthesis of electron donating electrolyte solutions, the design and fabrication of electrochemical flow cell reactors, and the electrochemical evaluation of catalytic materials in conjunction with redox solutions. This project aims to explore the potential of batch generated electron donor solutions to reduce CO2 via a heterogenous catalyst, with a view to developing a process with higher energy density, efficiency, scalability, long-term stability, and low cost compared to traditional electrochemical methods. A key focus will be utilising sustainable and low-cost materials to achieve this goal.

A PhD in chemistry or related sciences, a good understanding and experience of electrochemistry and capability and confidence in synthetic chemistry is essential, with evidence of experience in targeted design of materials required in the application. Experience in the design and fabrication of flow reactors or batch electrolysers is desirable, as well as proficiency in the use of analytical equipment such as gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.

The role will include the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, the preparation of publications and grant proposals, and other laboratory related administrative roles to support the PI and her group. It is essential that the applicant has experience and confidence in writing research articles and can evidence this in their application.

Lancaster University is consistently highly ranked (~top 10) in the UK university league tables. It is located on a beautiful campus in the North West of England close to the stunning Lake District National Park.

The Chemistry Department is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address equality issues in higher education and research, and we warmly welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Informal e-mail enquiries prior to making an application are welcome, in which case contact Dr. Kathryn Toghill (

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is for 18 months.

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