Research Fellow – School of Chemical Engineering – 97969 – Grade 7

Fixed-term Full-time University of Birmingham in Education and Training , in Engineering & Manufacturing
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  • Post Date : August 26, 2021
  • Salary: £30,942.00 - £40,322.00 / Per Annum
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Position Details

Area:                  School of Chemical Engineering in the 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
Hours:                 Full time
Duration:             Fixed-term for up to 2 years
Location:             University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
Closing Date:    19 September 2021

Background

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.

Summary of Role

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.

Main Duties

The main duties and responsibilities of post holders are given in the following:

•    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
•    Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
•    Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
•    Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
•    Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
•    Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
•    Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
•    Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification 

•    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
•    Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
•    Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
•    Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
•    Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
•    Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
•    Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Desirable

•    Experience in electrochemical kinetic studies and hydrodynamic systems
•    Experience of supervision

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

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working. 

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