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Research Fellow

Mechanical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/05/2021)
Closing Date:  Friday 23 October 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1294120DA

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, have an exciting opportunity in one of the most dynamic centers for engineering and environmental research and education.   

You will join our team to work at the Electrochemical Engineering Laboratory at the University of Southampton to investigate the reduction of carbon dioxide and the anodic production of hydrogen peroxide. 

You will develop and contribute to new areas of research and advance towards a more environmentally and sustainable society. The project involves the study of the conversion of carbon dioxide into a useful fuel. Current strategic areas include focusing on the development of catalysts for reduction carbon dioxide together with the development of catalyst coated three-dimensional electrodes that can be adapted into electrolytic flow cells. The electrodes should be mechanically strong and present low over-potential for the reduction of carbon dioxide. This project is conducted in partnership with other 9 European institutions as a part of a “Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)” consortium project, entitled: CO2-based Electrosynthesis of ethylene oXIDE (CO2EXIDE). The project includes close collaboration with all the partners in the project and active participation in meetings and dissemination of findings. The post is a fix contract term for 5 months and will be suitable for someone who has recently completed a PhD degree or a master in electrochemistry.    

This position is full time fixed term until 31/05/2021.

To be successful you will need to hold a PhD** in electrochemical engineering or applied electrochemistry or near completion or in a related area, for example a MSc in electrochemistry. You should have the ability to plan and carry out experimental research on complex electrochemical systems and be able to supervise undergraduate students. Experience with electrocatalysis will be desirable. You will also need good communication and networking skills.

Informal enquiries to Carlos Ponce de Leon, telephone: +44 (0) 23 8059 8931,, Prof Ling Wang, telephone +44 (0) 23 8059 5076  

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities and a range of benefits.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

**Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Research Assistant will be assigned.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form a The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1294120DA on all correspondence. 

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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