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Electrolyser Research Engineer (KTP Associate) (1793)

An exciting opportunity has become available to work full time on a 3-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to support EMEC’s move to a commercially diverse business model by developing new electrolyser systems using precious-metal free electrodes optimised for use with renewable energy. Electrodes will be developed via rapid screen-printing, so reducing the capital cost component of hydrogen production.

Company information:

Established in 2003, The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd is the first and only centre of its kind in the world to provide developers of both wave and tidal energy converters – technologies that generate electricity by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams – with purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities. Income generation activities include collaborative bidding for grant funding, consultancy, tidal and wave device testing, equipment and methodology testing, and gathering and provision of data.

Qualification we require:

You will be required to have at least a master’s degree in chemistry or a related subject (e.g. chemical engineering).

Application requirements:

  • Electrochemical techniques, including but not limited to cyclic voltammetry, linear sweep voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy;
  • Physicochemical characterisation techniques, including but not limited to Raman spectroscopy, UV-VIS, scanning/transmission electron miscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy;
  • Fundamental chemical and physical knowledge of water electrolyser, preferable with experience in electrolyser assembly;
  • The design and production of SPEs and inks. Experience in rheological studies is highly desirable;
  • Competence in both oral and written reports, which will be vital for the dissemination of the KTPs finings and results.

This KTP will require a strong willingness to learn in order to fill any knowledge skills gaps. You must also be willing to travel between Manchester and the EMEC site on the Orkney isles where you will be expected to remain at either site for periods up to 3 months at a time.


  • £2,000 per year to spend on personal training;
  • attendance at two residential managerial workshops (each of one week’s duration);
  • opportunity to register on a higher degree (at a reduced or no cost);
  • opportunity of a permanent position with the company; 70% of host companies make a permanent job offer to their Associate at the end of the project.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Samuel Rowley-Neale ( or Prof Craig Banks (

Apply by submitting a CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria for the role.

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MMU All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    MMU All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Science and Engineering
  • Salary:
  • Closing Date:
    17 June 2019
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term
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