Vacancy Type/Job category
School of Engineering
£29,301-£38,183 per annum
The University of Warwick - Coventry
This is a 6 months fixed term post.
The School of Engineering are looking to appoint a Research Fellow to undertake research on the EPSRC SuperGen project in collaboration with University of St Andrews, assisting the Principal Investigators and project partners in the successful execution of the project. You will undertake development of DFFCs for power generation with the aim to develop, fabricate and test novel direct flame solid oxide fuel cells (DFFCs) to generate power from flame. You will undertake research and will be expected to write up your research for publication. You will be expected to produce and present regular project reports ensuring that the project objectives and deadlines are met.
You will have a developing research profile with the ability to publish high quality research output. You will have demonstrable experience measuring the stability and conductivity of these materials and fuel cell fabrication. Excellent IT skills including demonstrable ability to use IT to write technical research papers and presentations. You are also required to be an excellent communicator with strong communication and interpersonal skills.
The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,453 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,301 pa)
You will work on an EPSRC SuperGen project in collaboration with University of St Andrews. You will work as part of a team to develop DFFCs for power generation with the aim to develop, fabricate and test novel direct flame solid oxide fuel cells (DFFCs) to generate power from flame. You will contribute to the drafting and submitting of patents and papers to peer reviewed journals.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. To synthesise new ceramic materials which can be used as cathode for SOFCs
2. To measure the stability and conductivity of these materials.
3. To fabricate fuel cells and test their performance in different types of flames.
4. To work with other team members to optimise the operating condition of the flame solid oxide fuel cells.
5. To record, analyse and write up the results of these experiments.
6. To report the experimental results in time.
7. To contribute to the drafting and submitting of patents and papers to peer reviewed journals.
8. To prepare progress reports on research for funding bodies as required.
9. To contribute to the preparation and drafting of research bids and proposals.
10. To contribute to the overall activities of the research team and department as required.
11. Responsible for ensuring that equipment is safe and maintained in working order.
12. To carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the Principal Investigator.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
A PhD or equivalent in Chemistry, Materials or Chemical Engineering. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant field. (a)
Essential Criteria 3
A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high quality research output. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 4
Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 5
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 6
Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office and proven ability to use IT to write technical research papers and presentations. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 7
Able to evidence excellent interpersonal skills with relevant experience of working independently and as part of a team. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 8
Able to evidence strong time management and organisational skills. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 9
Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 10
Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content. (a, c)
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