Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

University of Nottingham

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Location:  Jubilee Campus

£30,487 to £45,585
per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33966 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Tuesday 26 September 2023
Reference:  ENG404323

We are recruiting a research associate to join our diverse and expanding Hydrogen Research Group currently consisting of 5 academics, 9 research fellows and 15 PhD students. The successful applicants will be joining a multidisciplinary research team collaborating on the optimisation of metal hydrides and/or the design of solid-state hydrogen stores and compressors.

The role focusses on the build and utilisation of a one-of-a-kind high pressure Sieverts apparatus with a maximum pressure of 1000 bar. This will enable a series of unique studies on the performance of suitable hydrides for the use in high pressure hydride-based compressors able to deliver compressed hydrogen for 700 bar refuelling infrastructures. This includes the material challenge to research and identify and fully characterise metal hydride couples that can work together in 2-stage and/or 3-stage compressors. 

The research associate will also help with other related projects in hydrogen storage and compressor applications. They will work in a multidisciplinary team and be heavily involved in all parts of laboratory safety, integration, and maintenance of equipment. This includes calibration and operation of analytical equipment. As well as experience in working with high pressure hydrogen the candidate will be expected to have experience in vacuum technologies and handling and preparing materials. This is an exciting opportunity to be a key member of the team and be involved in supporting next generation hydrogen storage applications. 

The Hydrogen Research Group values diversity. We believe listening to different perspectives can inform and improve our research. Diversity in our team helps us to question theories and improve our understanding leading to better solutions. Being willing to share your insights is crucial to achieving a vibrant and creative research environment, contributing to the shared aim of investigating hydrogen innovations to meet the global energy challenge.

The role holder will work closely with Professors Martin Dornheim, David Grant. As part of their career development the role holders will be exposed to many other exciting projects that the group is involved with. We also look for team members who will provide community-support through either supervising junior staff, STEM outreach and/or being active with an EDI interest group (e.g. Women in Research and the BME Staff Network).

This position will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 3 years. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours). Job share arrangements may be considered.

To understand more about our application process and how to complete a criteria-based application form please visit the University of Nottingham Candidate Guidance .

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Martin Dornheim or David Grant, emails [email protected] and [email protected]. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

Applicants for this post will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the relevant permission to work in the UK as defined by the requirements set out by UK Visas & Immigration.  Please visit: for more information.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependents accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see our Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge webpages.

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