Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Nottingham, SCOTLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Nov 2022


Location:  Jubilee Campus 

Salary:  £28,762 to £43,414 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 

Closing Date:  Tuesday 22 November 2022 

Reference:  ENG461222

Ammoniate materials for solid state energy stores

We are recruiting two postdoctoral research fellows to join our diverse and expanding Hydrogen Research Group which currently consists of 5 academics, 7 research fellows and 15 PhD students. We are seeking applications for a postdoctoral fellow to join our multidisciplinary team investigating the design of solid state energy stores for ammonia fuelled marine vessels, as part of a programme grant (MariNH3) funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, an exciting collaboration led by the University of Nottingham, partnering with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories (RAL) and Universities of Oxford, Cardiff and Brighton. 

Efficient energy storage of hydrogen and hydrogen rich carriers like ammonia for marine applications is growing in importance and there is an exciting opportunity to join the hydrogen research team to investigate solid state energy stores for the compact storage of hydrogen or ammonia. The role holder will investigate metal hydrides and complex hydrides and their interaction with ammonia in order to store ammonia but to preferentially release hydrogen. The role holder must have proven expertise in synthesis, materials characterisation and performance testing of one or more of: metal hydrides, complex hydrides and ammoniates. The project is in collaboration with the RAL and will involve periods working at our partner’s labs in Oxfordshire.

The Hydrogen Research Group values diversity not just multidisciplinarity. The current Recruiting Diverse Teams strategy has successfully led to an increase in female and ethnic minority researchers. There are a number of initiatives to support early career researcher with different lived experiences to ensure everyone is able to flourish (e.g. mentoring, incubating new ideas, flexible working, support and guidance when applying for prestigious fellowships or grants to take your ideas forward).

We believe listening to different perspectives can inform and improve our research. Diversity in our staff, partners and students helps us to question theories and improve our understanding leading to better solutions. Being willing to share your insights is crucial to achieving a vibrant and creative research environment, contributing to the shared aim of investigating hydrogen innovations to meet the global energy challenge.

The role holder will work closely with Professors Gavin Walker and David Grant and as part of their career development will be exposed to many other exciting projects that the group is involved with. We strongly support all our researchers to present their work at international conferences and there is budget available for this. We also look for postdoctoral researchers who will also provide community-support through either supervising project students, training/mentoring for junior researchers, STEM outreach and/or being active with an EDI interest group (e.g. Women in Research, BME Staff Network, Ignite EDI Network+, etc.).

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 2 years. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours). Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Gavin Walker Or email . Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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