The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre (MFCIC) is a new £4.1M research and innovation centre established by Manchester Metropolitan University and part funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The centre, with its world-leading academics, will work in collaboration with regional SME’s & Industry to provide access to state-of-the-art equipment in order to develop the latest catalytic materials. Establishing a synergy between advanced materials research and surface engineering in order to fabricate the next generation of clean electrolysers, fuel cells and hydrogen based solutions, which will outcompete the current standard in regards to their efficiency and cost competiveness to fossil fuel alternatives.
Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre is home to an impressive range of advanced equipment located in seven specialist laboratories and spaces. Find out more here.
About the roleThe Advanced Materials and Surface Engineering Research Centre is looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to undertake research in the field of hydrogen fuel cells within the MFCIC in the following areas:
You will be responsible for fabrication and characterization of surface coatings, inks and ribbons for printing, electrodes, and fuel cell stack components. This will include ex situ characterization of fabricated materials to understand the impact of process parameters on the subsequent performance of fuel cells. You will have an understanding of coating processes and characterization techniques. Experience with fabrication and testing of electrochemical devices (e.g. fuel cells, electrolysis cells, batteries) is strongly desired.About youYou must have a PhD degree or be about to obtain a PhD degree in a materials, physics, engineering or chemistry-related subject. Candidates with coating and process science experience in similar materials fields, for example battery or photovoltaic materials, will be considered. However, knowledge of or experience with polymer electrolyte fuel cell and electrolysis materials is strongly desired.
You should have a background in engineering or a related scientific discipline and a keen interest in material science. Experience of thin film deposition (CVD or PVD) and characterisation (e.g. SEM, EDX, XRD, Raman) techniques is essential. You will need to demonstrate adaptability due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the work, and the capacity to carry out experimental work safely, and with precision. An ability to work as part of a diverse team, to meet deadlines and produce reports and presentations of a high standard to a range of audiences is essential. You will require initiative, self-motivation, good communication skills, and the ability to critically evaluate your own work. A willingness and ability to travel is an advantage, as the project may involve a short period of work at collaborating groups.Qualifications:
For informal discussion, please contact Professor Peter Kelly (email: firstname.lastname@example.org ).