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Research Associate in Electrocatalysis of Water Splitting/ Electrolysis

Requisition ID:  12922

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  11-Oct-2021


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.


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

Closing Date: 15 November 2021



The Role


We are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic Research Associate with experience in electrocatalyst synthesis and characterisation to join our group in developing oxygen and hydrogen evolution catalysts for electrolysers. You will be joining a team of researchers across five institutes working on 5 year programme grant Ocean Refuel. The Ocean Renewable Energy Fuels project will explore ways of converting ocean energy into fuels including hydrogen and ammonia for use in heating, energy storage and difficult to decarbonise transport applications.

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 Dr. Mohamed Mamlouk has long track record and international standing in hydrogen research. You will be working with two additional PDRAs (modelling and electrolyser cell engineering) at Newcastle on the project.  You will be part of multiplanetary international teams of over 15 researchers with access to state-of-the-art facilities.

The post available is full time, fixed term until 31 May 2024.

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


You can visit Keith Scott and Mohamed Mamlouk staff profile pages for further information.

If you want to more about the School of Engineering, please click here.

Key Accountabilities


  • Synthesis and characterisation of electrocatalyst and support for water splitting reactions (oxygen and hydrogen evolutions) in near pH neutral and chloride environments, development of electrodes, testing activity, selectivity and stability of catalysts
  • Assemble electrolyser cells to validate and test the developed catalysts and electrodes
  • Work closely with other researchers on the project within the group and consortium including mathematical modelling to run tests, share information and data to obtain, tune, optimise and validate the parameters of the produced electrodes and cells
  • 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 (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Experience of research with transferable skills in the field of electrocatalysis 
  • Experience in synthesis, fabrication and characterisation of electro-catalysts and electrodes; knowledge of techniques for electrochemical analysis and chemical-physical analysis (electroanalytical, spectroscopic and microscopy techniques) for electrolysers, electrodes and electrocatalysts 
  • 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 aqueous sodium chloride solution electrolysis (Desirable)
  • Experience in fabrication of both dimensionally stabilised electrodes and catalyst coated membranes (Desirable)

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 organisational 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, or a closely related disciplines



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.


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.


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.

Requisition ID: 12922