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Research Associate in Electrocatalysis of Water Splitting/ Electrolysis

Newcastle University - School of Engineering

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £31,406 to £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2021
Closes: 15th November 2021
Job Ref: 12922

Company description:

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Job description:

The Role

We are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic Research Associate with experience in electrocatalyst synthesis and characterisation to join our group in developing oxygen and hydrogen evolution catalysts for electrolysers. You will be joining a team of researchers across five institutes working on 5 year programme grant Ocean Refuel. The Ocean Renewable Energy Fuels project will explore ways of converting ocean energy into fuels including hydrogen and ammonia for use in heating, energy storage and difficult to decarbonise transport applications.

Newcastle University is a world class research-intensive university. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Electrochemical Engineering science group at School of Engineering is recognised as world leading with expertise focusing on electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Both Investigators: Prof. Keith Scott and Dr. Mohamed Mamlouk has long track record and international standing in hydrogen research. You will be working with two additional PDRAs (modelling and electrolyser cell engineering) at Newcastle on the project. You will be part of multiplanetary international teams of over 15 researchers with access to state-of-the-art facilities.

The post available is full time, fixed term until 31 May 2024.

Informal enquiries and requests for more detailed project information should be directed to Dr. M Mamlouk via email : 

You can visit Keith Scott and Mohamed Mamlouk staff profile pages for further information.
If you want to more about the School of Engineering, please click here.

Key Accountabilities

* Synthesis and characterisation of electrocatalyst and support for water splitting reactions (oxygen and hydrogen evolutions) in near pH neutral and chloride environments, development of electrodes, testing activity, selectivity and stability of catalysts
* Assemble electrolyser cells to validate and test the developed catalysts and electrodes
* Work closely with other researchers on the project within the group and consortium including mathematical modelling to run tests, share information and data to obtain, tune, optimise and validate the parameters of the produced electrodes and cells
* Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding
* Support PhD and Master students during their research projects. Supervise and provide advice to junior staff and researchers on laboratory practice and safety
* Manage the local laboratory environment, monitor and enforce laboratory safety procedure and regulations
* Produce regular reports and presentations on progress to the research project academic supervisors
* Interact efficiently with technical staff in workshops and laboratories. Liaise with technical staff in on-campus and off-campus analytical facilities
* Interacting with academic members and industrial members of the project partners, providing suitable paper, electronic and oral reporting


* PhD awarded in chemical science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely related disciplines

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