UK:Research Associate at University of Strathclyde in Chemical and Process Engineering.

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Reports To; Head of Department

Salary Range: £29,541 – £36,298 Grade: 7

FTE: Full Time

Reference NoR72/2013

Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months)

Closing DateThursday, 22 August 2013 

Description:A Research Assistant/Research Associate is sought to join the EPSRC SuperGen project on developing direct flame solid oxide fuel cells for power generation. This is a joint project in collaboration with University of St Andrews.The aim of this project is to apply a range of advanced experimental methods to select suitable robust materials for use in fabricating of solid oxide fuel cells which can be used to extract electricity directly from methane and LPG flames. The job involves collaborative work with partners from University of St Andrews, and will require regular travel between two universities. The research objective is to fabricate a robust direct flame solid oxide fuel cells (DFFCs) with high performance and good performance stability. The operating conditions of the DFFCs will be optimised as well to achieve the best performance. The Research Associate/Assistant will work in a team undertaking research activities to develop DFFCs for power generation.

Eligibility:You will have, or be about to obtain a PhD, in a relevant area of chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or physics with a strong research/technical background in areas relevant to this project. You will have hands-on experience in materials synthesis and characterisation, fuel cell fabrication and measurements.You will have a track record of peer reviewed publications in the field, excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact with a range of stakeholders and an ability to work independently as well as part of a team, managing your own workload to meet strict deadlines.

Whilst a Research Associate is ideally sought for this position; applications from candidates who are close to PhD completion or whose award is pending will also be considered. In such circumstances, duties will be adjusted to reflect the grade of the post. This will continue until the PhD award is confirmed, at which point the duties and grade will be revised accordingly.

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