Research Fellow In Energy Storage




Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792 (Grade 7)

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 3 years

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work as part of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship research programme focussed on energy storage applications on metal-nitrogen-hydrogen materials. The programme looks to demonstrate the application of these materials as catalysts for the production of hydrogen from ammonia, solid state electrolytes, battery cathode materials and porous materials. The project is led by Dr Josh Makepeace and will be based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. The position will involve synthesis of metal-nitrogen-hydrogen materials and analysis of their functional properties through various laboratory-based and central facilities (ISIS and Diamond) experiments.

Summary of main duties:

  • To undertake research in the synthesis and energy storage applications of metal-nitrogen-hydrogen materials (e.g. metal amides/imides/nitride-hydrides) under the supervision of Dr Josh Makepeace.
  • To analyse and interpret experimental results and communicate those results through articles for peer-reviewed scientific journals, poster and oral presentations at national and international conferences, and other written/multimedia forms for dissemination to a wider non-specialist audience.
  • To play an active role in the Makepeace research group and wider materials chemistry group in the School of Chemistry by participating and presenting in group meetings, contributing to the operation of the communal laboratories, assisting with the supervision of research students, maintenance and training on relevant laboratory equipment.
  • To participate in and help develop collaborations with other academic and industrial partners.

Person Specification

  • Completion (or near completion) of a PhD (or equivalent qualifications) in experimental inorganic materials chemistry, with experience across one or more of the following areas: synthesis and handling of air-sensitive materials, solid-state chemistry, structural analysis by powder diffraction, heterogeneous catalyst characterisation, and characterisation of the electrochemical properties of solids.
  • High level experimental and analytical capability in one or more of the following areas relevant to energy storage applications: solid state synthesis, air-sensitive sample handling, catalyst testing and characterisation, structural analysis, electrochemical analysis of solids.
  • A track record of rigorous and independent research, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written) for conferences, journal articles and wider-audience outreach media.
  • A collaborative approach and willingness to support the development of PhD and Masters level researchers.

Informal enquiries can be made to Joshua Makepeace;

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer, and the School of Chemistry welcomes flexible working to suit family or other commitments. The University has on-campus childcare facilities. The School of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its work in promoting women’s careers in STEM subjects in higher education.

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please visit our careers website: , please quote Job Ref 96060 in all enquiries.