Research Associate, Renewable Hydrogen

Sydney, Australia
29 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Chemical Engineering has been delivering excellent teaching and research for over sixty-five years. The research clusters in the school broadly span the areas of Energy, Food and Health, Environmental Technology, Macromolecular and Interfacial Engineering, and Product and Process Design. It offers degrees in Food Science (Technology and Nutrition), Chemical Engineering and Chemical Product Engineering. The school is ranked in the top 37 (QS World Ranking) in Chemical Engineering. For further information about the School, please visit

The Research Associate will undertake research and development in the field of photovoltaic cells powered water electrolysis (PVE) system for the production of renewable hydrogen. The research intent is to use an innovative approach to develop a low-cost, highly efficient, integrated PVE system to harvest the whole spectrum of sunlight as the sole source of electricity, heat and light, which then will power an alkaline water electrolyser to convert renewable primary energy (solar) to hydrogen. The research will encompass design and development of novel catalyst materials for electrochemical water splitting, fabrication and optimization of the integrated PVE system as well as its scale up (laboratory-scale to larger-scale outdoor system). The candidate will closely collaborate with a diverse team of UNSW researchers, industry-based research partners and engineers and assist with HDR student supervision.

About the role

  • Level A $93,578 - $100,090 per annum (plus 9.5% superannuation)
  • 1 year fixed term contract with possible extension
  • Full-time position (35 hours per week)


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct research in the area of development of novel catalyst materials for electrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) independently and as part of a team.
  • Design, develop and construct a laboratory-scale water electrolyser cell that can be integrated with Concentrator Photo Voltaic (CPV) receivers to produce renewable hydrogen.
  • Optimisation, process improvement and scale-up (design, develop, construct) of the PVE system from a laboratory-scale batch unit to a larger-scale outdoor system.
  • Support process computational model development for integration, optimisation and scale-up of the integrated PVE system.
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers, industry partners and funding agency (ARENA).
  • Assist with the coordinating research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with other industry partners where appropriate.
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.
  • Assist with the supervision of research students in the research area where required.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the University and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

 Selection Criteria

  • PhD (or soon to be awarded) in Chemical Engineering/Materials, Science/Chemistry or related area
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in materials development, reactor engineering and process design
  • Experience with electrochemistry techniques and hydrogen technology
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students
  • Ability to effectively contribute to research programs to achieve project milestones, on time and within limited budgets
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Pre-employment checks required for this position including qualification verification.

For further information about the position, please contact: Rose Amal

Please note: direct applications will NOT be accepted

Applications close: Sunday 6th January 2019 at 11 pm