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Research Associate in Anion Exchange Membrane Development for Electrolysers and Fuel Cells

Requisition ID:  19925

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  04-May-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community 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.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global 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 our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £31,406 to £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum


Closing Date: 2 June 2022


The Role


We are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic PDRA with experience in ion exchange membrane development and characterisation to join our group in developing membranes for water electrolysers and fuel cells. The project is focusing on development of Next generation anion-exchange membranes (AEM) with covalently-bound antiradical functions for enhanced durability. The candidate will be focusing on membrane fabrication, reinforcement and testing in devices and will be working closely with a team of researchers developing the membrane polymer chemistry. 


You will be working with additional PDRAs at Newcastle on AEM electrolysis projects.  You will be part of multiplanetary international teams of over 15 researchers with access to state-of-the-art facilities. Newcastle University is a world class research-intensive university. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


The Electrochemical Engineering science group at School of Engineering is recognised as world leading  with expertise focusing on electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Both Investigators: Prof. Keith Scott and Prof. Mohamed Mamlouk has long track record and international standing in hydrogen research.


For further information you can visit these links: Keith ScottMohamed Mamlouk,


To visit the group webpage visit here.

This is a full time fixed term position available for 30 months or until 30/11/2026, whichever is soonest.


Informal enquiries and requests for more detailed project information should be directed to Dr. M Mamlouk (

Key Accountabilities

  • Synthesis, fabrication, characterisation and testing of anion exchange membranes for water electrolyser and fuel cells. This includes preparation of electrodes for cell testing, device performance testing, stability testing and degradation studies of the membrane in operating devices
  • Assemble electrolyser and fuel cells to validate and test the developed membranes
  • Work closely with other researchers on the project within the group and consortium, share information and data to obtain, tune, optimise and validate the parameters of the produced membranes
  • 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 laboratory practice and safety
  • Manage the local laboratory environment, monitor and enforce laboratory safety procedure and regulations
  • Produce regular reports and presentations on progress to the research project academic supervisors
  • Interact efficiently with technical staff in workshops and laboratories. Liaise with technical staff in on-campus and off-campus analytical facilities
  • Interacting with academic members and industrial members of the project partners, providing suitable paper, electronic and oral reporting


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Experience in synthesis, fabrication and chemical-physical characterisation of ion exchange membranes and study of their degradation
  • Experience in electrochemical devices fabrication and testing (electrolysers and/or fuel cells)
  • Knowledge of electrochemical analysis techniques to test performance and stability of ion exchange membranes in electrolysers/fuel cells and how they impact cell performance and stability 
  • Demonstrable subject knowledge 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


  • Experience with anion exchange membranes 
  • Experience in anion exchange water electrolysers 

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, materials, finance, laboratory space, equipment) 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 


  • PhD awarded in chemical science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer science and engineering, materials science or a closely related disciplines


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 19925