Research Associate in Non Precious Metal Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts Imperial College London, Department of Chemistry United Kingdom

Research Associate in Non Precious Metal Fuel Cell Electrocatalysts

 

Job summary

Imperial College London are part of an EU framework 2020-funded project “CRESCENDO: (Critical Raw material ElectrocatalystS replacement ENabling Designed pOst-2020 PEMFC)”. CRESCENDO aims to developing highly active and long-term stable electrocatalysts of non-PGM catalysts for the PEMFC cathode and the re-design of the cathode catalyst layer.

 

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00157
  • Date posted 9 May 2018
  • Closing date 12 June 2018

 

Job description

Job summary


Imperial College London are part of an EU framework 2020-funded project “CRESCENDO: (Critical Raw material ElectrocatalystS replacement ENabling Designed pOst-2020 PEMFC)”. CRESCENDO aims to developing highly active and long-term stable electrocatalysts of non-PGM catalysts for the PEMFC cathode and the re-design of the cathode catalyst layer.

 

Duties and responsibilities

You will work closely with Prof Kucernak and other members of the group, and with our collaborators, including visits to collaborating partners in Europe. You will mentor and contribute to the supervision of small teams of more junior colleagues to maximise research productivity. You will be expected to report to regular laboratory meetings and project team meetings, and present at internal and external seminars. In addition, you will be expected to produce accurate report-ready data and to assist in the preparation of written progress reports and publications/patents as required. You will also be expected to attend appropriate courses to develop new skills, to master new approaches and techniques, and integrate these approaches into your research. Alongside your colleagues you will engage in oversight of safe working and lab management, smooth-running of the laboratory, and participate in the exciting relocation of our research group to the new, state-of-the-art Molecular Sciences Research Hub at Imperial’s White City campus. 



This project will involve significant travel to the research partners in Europe, including preparation of reports and presentations at both research meetings and conferences.

 

Essential requirements

Essential requirements for the role include:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in experimental electrochemistry, especially related to polymer electrolyte fuel cells and/or electrolysers and including electrocatalyst evaluation and testing.
  • Experience with electrocatalysis of the oxygen reduction and hydrogen oxidation reactions.
  • Experience of electrochemical testing including advanced in situ spectroscopic (or related) techniques and their application to new electrocatalysts.
  • Experience of a range of analytical techniques to examine electrochemical systems post mortem – e.g. UV/vis/ Raman/ FTIR spectroscopy, electron microscopy (SEM/TEM).
  • Practical experience within a strong research environment as evidenced by preparation and publication of scientific papers.
  • Experience of delivering industrially-relevant reports/presentations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication

 

Further information

This position is available for a fixed-term of up to 2 years in the first instance, from June 2018. 



Any candidate who has not been yet been awarded their PhD, will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

 

You will join the world-leading Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London, which from mid 2018 will occupy state-of-the art new research facilities on the College’s new White City Campus. This will allow significant expansion of our research activities, including in cell and molecular biology, and bring together Molecular Sciences research across the College and external partners to tackle global grand challenges.

 

The Department of Chemistry proudly holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and strives to provide a working environment where all our staff feel fully supported to flourish and excel. The Department of Chemistry is committed to promoting the wide range of Family Friendly policies and associated initiatives offered by the College.

 

For informal queries, contact Professor Anthony Kucernak by email at: anthony@imperial.ac.uk.  



For enquiries on the job application process please contact - Mr John Murrell, j.murrell@imperial.ac.uk.  



Should you have any technical queries please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.  



Documents

  • NAT00157_JD.doc

 

About Imperial College London


Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

 

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

 

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

 

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

 

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

 

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity

  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams

  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others

  • Deliver positive outcomes

  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination

  • Develop and grow skills and expertise

  • Work in a planned and managed way 

 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

 

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.


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