Research Assistant / Associate in Electrolyser Engineering

Requisition ID:  26655
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  8 Feb 2024

 

Salary: 

Research Assistant: £31,396 to £32,982 per annum

Research Associate: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum

 

Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

 

Closing Date: 21 March 2024

 

 

The Role 

 

We are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic individual with experience in testing and studying electrochemical system dynamics (e.g. Electrolysers) to join our group in studying dynamics of water electrolyser system integrated with floating wind.

 

You will become a part of a research team spanning five institutes, collaborating on a 5-year grant named 'Ocean Refuel’.  The project 'Ocean Renewable Energy Fuels' aims to investigate methods for harnessing ocean energy to produce fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia. These fuels can be utilised in heating, energy storage, and difficult-to-decarbonise transportation applications.

 

Newcastle University is a world class research-intensive university. We play a leading role in economic, social, and cultural development of the Northeast of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

 

The Electrochemical Engineering group at School of Engineering is recognised as world leading with expertise focusing on electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Prof. Mohamed Mamlouk has a long track record and international standing in hydrogen research. You'll collaborate closely with the Newcastle team on (electrocatalyst and electrode modelling) for the project, and work closely with the floating platform team at Strathclyde University.  You will be part of multiplanetary international teams of over 15 researchers with access to state-of-the-art facilities.

 

This position is available on a fixed-term contract basis for a duration of 36 months from the commencement date. We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples. 

 

Informal enquiries and requests for more detailed project information should be directed to Prof. M Mamlouk via email: mohamed.mamlouk@newcastle.ac.uk.

 

Ocean Refuel: Home | Ocean REFuel 

Ocean Refuel Announcement: Ocean REFuel - Press Office - Newcastle University (ncl.ac.uk) 
Professor Mohamed Mamlouk and his research: Staff Profile | School of Engineering | Newcastle University (ncl.ac.uk)

 

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Design and build electrolyser test system including balance of plant and modify existing systems to study electrolyser system dynamics (motion and power) and integration with hydrogen storage
  • Manufacture membrane electrode assemblies for electrolysis cells
  • Able to assemble and test electrolyser stacks against various water feeds (pure water, saline water etc) and analyse product gas purity
  • Study system dynamic response and impact on performance from variation in input power dynamics (cold start, hot start, power ramp) and motion dynamics (Displacements, Velocities) to simulate integration with wind power on floating wind turbine platform
  • Analyse performance data and identify constrains and recommendations
  • Work closely with other researchers on the project within the group and consortium to share information and data to optimise and validate models to ensure high efficiency and performance of the overall integrated system
  • Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding
  • Support PhD and Master students during their research projects. Supervise and provide advice to junior staff and researchers on mathematical modelling practice
  • Produce regular reports and presentations on progress to the research project academic supervisors
  • Interacting with academic members and industrial members of the project partners, providing suitable paper, electronic and oral reporting


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Experience of research in testing and studying electrochemical system dynamics
  • Experience in building or modifying electrolyser balance of plant or similar chemical plant systems
  • Experience in assembly and testing of electrolyser stacks or similar systems
  • Demonstrable subject knowledge in electrochemistry, fluid flow and in the area of electrolysers and hydrogen production
  • High level of analytical and problem solving capacity
  • Ability to communicate complex information (verbally and written) with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others
  • Ability to design and prepare professional reports and present findings to industrial and academic project partners at conferences and project meetings and write high quality scientific publications
  •  Ability and experience of supervision of junior staff, postgraduate and undergraduate research projects

Desirable

  • Experience in dynamics of electrolysers
  • Experience in system modelling
  • Experience in manufacturing electrolyser membrane electrode assemblies

 

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Professional approach with a demonstrable commitment to dignity and respect in the workplace
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the general public and external stakeholders and the ability to interact with people from different disciplines
  • Good project organizational skills and the ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Monitor and, where appropriate, manage research resources (e.g. time, finance, laboratory space, equipment, computing time) effectively
  • Ability to work in a diverse team but also independently. Contributing to the development of effective and mutually supportive working relationships and practices 
  • Play a major part in the dissemination of individual or team-based research outputs
  • Ensure intellectual rigour and adherence to ethical standards in the research for which they are responsible
  • Assist colleagues in interpretation of their data, to manage competing priorities, and to develop their research skills
  • Ensure that knowledge and methodological/technical skills in their own, and related, areas of scholarship are extended and inform research activities

 

Qualifications

  • PhD awarded, or nearing award for Research Assistant, in electrochemical /chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely related discipline

 


 

 


 

 Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

 

We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.

 

At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.

 

In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 26655