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Research Fellow in 3D Electrode Microstructure Imaging and Modelling for Hydrogen Technologies

Surrey, United Kingdom
£36,024 to £39,347 per annum and dependent on level of appointment
Closing date
9 Dec 2023

Chemical & Process Engineering

Location: Guildford
Salary:  £36,024 to £39,347 per annum and dependent on level of appointment
Fixed Term Contract to 31/03/2026
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Saturday 09 December 2023
Interview Date: Friday 15 December 2023
Reference: 061423

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. We have a bold vision of what we want to achieve - shaping ourselves into one of the best universities in the world, which we are achieving through the talents and endeavour of every employee. 

Our culture empowers people to achieve this aim and to collectively to make a real difference.  

The role

We would like to appoint a Research Fellow to strengthen our collaborations with Ceres Power, a leading developer of clean energy technology based on solid oxide cells for energy generation and hydrogen production, with over 600 employees. The Post Doctoral Research Fellow (PDRA) will have opportunity to work with the R&D team at Ceres Power to gain insights into the technologies and commercialisation, collaborate with researchers at Imperial College London, and use advanced imaging facilities and a 3D pore-scale lattice Boltzmann model at the University of Surrey.

The post will be based within the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (SCCE) at the University of Surrey, and will have opportunity to interact with a vibrant Sustainable Energy and Materials research team with 15 academics and more than 50 PhD and postdoc researchers. 

  • The Sustainable Energy and Materials team at the University of Surrey has a strong background in the design, synthesis, optimisation and application of advanced functional materials for energy conversion and storage. 
  • The research group has specific interests in multiscale materials and process modelling combined with experimental approaches for a variety of sustainable electrochemical technologies including fuel cells, electrolysers, and batteries.  

The University of Surrey was awarded The University of The Year for Graduate Employment. You will benefit from the excellent support and training opportunities for career development, including various be-spoke training workshops and one-to-one mentoring scheme.

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with solid research experience in any or both of the following areas: 

(1) using the mesoscale computational methods (finite volume, finite element, or lattice Boltzmann) for modelling 3D porous electrodes of fuel cells, batteries, or electrolysers; 

(2) using 3D X-ray or FIB-SEM tomography for reconstructing the 3D electrode microstructures. 

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Physics, Civil Engineering or other relevant major degrees. 

How to apply

Candidates should apply online, carefully answer all the application form questions, and attach a curriculum vitae (with details on education, research experiences, successes and the relevant publications to date). 

For more information

Prospective applicants can contact Prof Qiong Cai (, Dr David Cox ( ), or Dr Michael Short (, if you need any specific further information on the post.

Interview planned for the 15th or 18th December 2023 to be confirmed.

Further details:    Job Description    

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£34,980) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£36,024).

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