Higher Research Scientist – Fuel Cells

Teddington (City/Town), London (Greater)
Competitive Salary
04 May 2018
31 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Higher Research Scientist – Fuel Cells

Job Ref: 66064

Location: Teddington

Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive Salary - Experience Dependant

Job Description

NPL is the UK`s National Measurement Institute providing the measurement expertise that underpins UK prosperity and quality of life. From unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G to antibiotic alternatives and more effective cancer diagnosis/treatments; technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. Building on over a century`s worth of expertise, NPL`s science, engineering and technology makes this possible. 

NPL is a world-leading research facility, bringing together scientists and engineers from almost every field to help save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure as well as support global trade and innovation. 

NPL has a regional footprint with hubs around the UK, plans for international growth and a state-of-the art purpose-built laboratory in Teddington, south west London, where its scientists and engineers work with leading edge equipment and facilities. 

In line with significant organisational growth and transformation plans, NPL has a clear vision "to be an exemplary National Laboratory that undertakes excellent science and engineering and uses this to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK". We also clearly define our mission "to provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK`s prosperity and quality of life".

NPL’s Electrochemistry Group has a world-leading reputation in the development of in situ diagnostic techniques and standard test methods to assess the performance of fuel cell and electrolyser systems. Working closely with the Gas and Particle Metrology group at NPL, we have ambitious plans to expand our research portfolio to support the take up of a hydrogen economy.

An opportunity now exists for an ambitious electrochemist/material scientist to join the Electrochemistry Group. This world-class research team is highly multi-disciplinary and is currently engaged in a range of research activities across the themes of corrosion, interfacial chemistry and catalysis, electrochemical imaging, fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries. The initial focus of this role will be supporting the delivery of projects exploring the impact of contaminants in hydrogen on fuel cell systems

Advancing your research skills, you will develop close links with industrial and academic organisations and have the opportunity to present your research at international meetings. Adaptability, an enquiring mind, and an enthusiasm for exploring new directions will be key attributes. Good presentation skills and an eagerness to promote your research are essential.

A degree in physics, chemistry or other relevant subject and a PhD in Electrochemistry or similar are required. Post-doctoral research experience would be advantageous as would experience of testing and characterisation of PEM fuel cell systems.

The Requirements

• PhD in Electrochemistry or related field.
• Experience with PEMFC single cell testing and use of automated test stands. 
• Experience with electrochemical characterisation techniques, including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, voltammetry and three electrode cells.
• Ability to work in an interdisciplinary project team, and as collaborator with academic & industrial partners.


• Excellent problem-solver, with record of achievement in a R&D environment. 
• Experience with PEMFC stack testing
• Familiarity with materials and surface characterisation techniques.
• Track record of conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. 
• Evidence of ability to translate research output into solutions to real world engineering problems

Interviews are likely to be held in June 2018

For more information please contact Thalia Jones on 02089438760 or email thalia.jones@npl.co.uk

Based in a unique, purpose-built research environment, we are located in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Bushy Park, south-west London with a host of onsite facilities. These include a subsidised crèche, restaurant and free parking. 

NPL Management Limited is committed to supporting its people to develop both personally and professionally and is committed to equal opportunities. NPL Management Limited is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and an Institute of Physics Project Juno Practitioner.

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