Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Nottingham, SCOTLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Sep 2022

Reference: SCI350922

Closing Date: Thursday, 15th September 2022

Job Type: Research

Department: Chemistry

Salary: £28762 to £43414 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £32348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The University of Nottingham are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic materials chemist for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow post within the research group of Professor Robert Mokaya to work on the MAST3RBoost project.

The purpose of the MAST3RBoost project is maturing the production standards of ultraporous structures for high density hydrogen storage bank operating on swinging temperatures and low compression. The project’s aims are to develop disruptive pathways to deliver a new generation of ultraporous materials (Activated Carbons and high-density Metal Organic Frameworks) with H2 delivery capacities 33% higher than current record holders. This work will support the consortium’s target to deliver first adsorption-based demonstrator worldwide with a capacity of 1 kg H2.

Candidates should have the flexibility to learn and develop new synthesis or analytical skills, as required. The successful candidate will carry out the following duties: 

  • Synthesise a wide range of porous materials, from within pre-selected families, including activated carbons and metal organic frameworks.
  • Evaluate the aging/cycling behaviours of the candidate materials synthesised.
  • Prepare high quality supporting data for publications resulting from the project.
  • Work with partners across a diverse consortium other national and international research instituters and industry to advance the goals of the project.

Candidates must:

  • Hold a PhD (or expect their PhD award by end 2022) in materials chemistry or a related discipline
  • Have experience in the evaluation of novel materials through gas sorption techniques and other materials characterisation approaches.
  • Have excellent organisational, communication & team working skills.
  • Be able to work in experimentally flexible environment.

This is a full-time (36.25 hours), fixed term post for 2 years. Arrangements for job share would be considered.

The School of Chemistry values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science. You can read more about this at and on our website . The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Robert Mokaya ( ). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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