Research Assistant in Electrochemical Engineering

Imperial College London, UK is inviting applicants to apply for a postdoctoral associate position. This position is available for 18 months. Applications should be sent before September 29, 2019.

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Assistant/Associate in Electrochemical Engineering to characterise and model the performance of prototype solid oxide electrochemical reactors (> 700 C), fabricated by 3D inkjet printing.

Operating electrically-powered electrochemical processes at high temperatures decreases specific electrical energy requirements (c.f. total energy consumptions) compared to those of their ambient temperature counterparts, e.g. for (H2 + CO) production. Operating cyclically between solid oxide electrolyser (SOE) and fuel cell (SOFC) modes enables them to operate effectively as energy storage devices.

Measure the kinetics of H2O / H2 and/or CO2 / CO reactions in 3D inkjet-printed SOE/SOFC reactors operating at > 700 C;

Model the kinetics of H2O / H2 and/or CO2 / CO reactions, including the effects of electrode and electrolyte macro- and micro-geometries;Guide further SOE/SOFC microstructure design;

Interface with another PDRA, who will be developing particulate 'inks' and fabricating SOE/SOFC reactors by 3D inkjet printing;

Develop techno-economic models of the high temperature H2O and/or CO2 reduction processes, with specific energy consumptions as a key performance indicator.

Theoretical knowledge and practical experience of electrochemical systems is essential;

Skills of modelling and design of (electro-)chemical reactors and processes are essential.

Knowledge of a computer language such as COMSOL Multiphysics and/or Matlab is preferable.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 34,397 - 37,486 per annum.

The post is available from 01 Oct 2019 for 18 months in the first instance, and is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Prof. Geoff Kelsall (

To apply, please click the apply now button at the top of the page. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact

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