Research Associate in Mathematical Modelling of Electrocatalysis of Water Splitting/Electrolysis


Newcastle upon Tyne

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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.

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The Role

We are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic Research Associate with experience in mathematical modelling of electrochemical devices to join our group in developing models to optimise cell and electrode performances in water electrolysers. You will be joining a team of researchers across five institutes working on 5 year programme grant Ocean Refuel. 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 have long track records and international standing in hydrogen research. You will be working with two additional PDRAs (electrocatalyst and electrolyser cell engineering) at Newcastle on the project. You will be part of multidisciplinary international teams of over 15 researchers with access to state-of-the-art facilities.

The post is full time, fixed term until 30 November 2023.

Informal enquiries and requests for more detailed project information should be directed to Dr. M Mamlouk (Lecturer) via email:

You can visit the profiles of Keith Scott and Mohamed Mamlouk and further information about the School of Engineering can be found here.

Key Accountabilities

* Produce mathematical models of water electrolyser cells coupling electrochemical, two phase flow and magneto dynamics equations
* Work with experimentalists to obtain parameters of cells and electrodes and investigate range of electrode and cells designs and geometries
* Work closely with other researchers on the project within the group and consortium to share information and data to tune, optimise and validate models of the cells and electrodes to ensure high efficiency and performance
* 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


* PhD awarded in mathematics, physical chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely related disciplines

You can apply here.