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Research Fellow in Energy Storage

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Chemistry

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £32,348 to £42,155 with potential progression once in post to £44,737
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th December 2022
Closes: 3rd January 2023
Job Ref: 96060

Fixed Term contract up to September 2023

Role Summary

The School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham is a vibrant and thriving academic community with over 80 academic and research staff, 20 professional services staff and over 600 students. With a strong focus on its three main research themes, energy, sustainability and health, and several interdisciplinary interest groups, the school has ambitious plans to grow research activity; combined with investment from the University for the new Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (opened September 2018) and Molecular Sciences Research Building (opening in 2023/24), we are entering an exciting period.

We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work as part of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship research programme focussed on energy storage applications on metal-nitrogen-hydrogen materials. The programme looks to demonstrate the application of these materials as catalysts to produce hydrogen from ammonia, solid state electrolytes, battery cathode materials and porous materials. The project is led by Dr Josh Makepeace and will be based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. The position will involve synthesis of metal-nitrogen-hydrogen materials and analysis of their functional properties through various laboratory-based and central facilities (ISIS and Diamond) experiments.

Main Duties

  • To undertake research in the synthesis and energy storage applications of metal-nitrogen-hydrogen materials (e.g., metal amides/imides/nitride-hydrides) under the supervision of Dr Josh Makepeace.
  • To analyse and interpret experimental results and communicate those results through articles for peer-reviewed scientific journals, poster and oral presentations at national and international conferences, and other written/multimedia forms for dissemination to a wider non-specialist audience.
  • To play an active role in the Makepeace research group and wider materials chemistry group in the School of Chemistry by participating and presenting in group meetings, contributing to the operation of the communal laboratories, assisting with the supervision of research students, maintenance, and training on relevant laboratory equipment.
  • To participate in and help develop collaborations with other academic and industrial partners.

Person Specification

  • Completion (or near completion) of a PhD (or equivalent qualifications) in experimental inorganic materials chemistry.
  • High level experimental and analytical capability in one or more of the following areas relevant to energy storage applications: solid state synthesis, air-sensitive sample handling, electrochemical analysis of solids, porous materials characterisation and synthesis, catalyst testing and characterisation, structural analysis by powder diffraction.
  • Further requirements as outlined in the full job description

Informal enquiries can be made to Joshua Makepeace; j.w.makepeace@bham.ac.ukInformal enquires can be made to {Name and email address} 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button above or visit our careers website; https://edzz.fa.em3.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_6001/requisitions quoting 96060.

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