Postdoctoral Research Assistant in X-ray Spectroscopy of Earth-Abundant Electrocatalysts

University of Oxford
July 12, 2024
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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in X-ray Spectroscopy of Earth-Abundant Electrocatalysts

Rex Richards Building, Department of Materials, Oxford

A postdoctoral research position is available in the area of Operando X-ray Characterisation of Electrocatalysts within the group of Professor Robert Weatherup in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford.

Electrocatalysts are critical to efforts to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, where they can be used to produce fuels and high-value chemicals using electricity obtained from renewable sources. Deployment of these technologies at scale requires electrocatalysts produced from earth-abundant elements that exhibit both low overpotentials and long-term stability.

This project aims to develop and apply novel operando X-ray spectroscopy techniques to understand the activity and stability of promising electrocatalysts for water splitting and the reduction of carbon dioxide. This will involve the use of laboratory X-ray absorption spectroscopy (easyXAFS300+) and advanced techniques available at international synchrotron facilitates.

Building on work within the group on operando technique development, you will design and test an operando electrochemical cell for probing catalyst chemical state under realistic electrochemical conditions. This will include the capability to perform online activity measurement, which will be used to study model electrocatalysts to understand how their electronic structure affects performance and stability. The ultimate aim is to reveal relationships between the chemical state of electrocatalysts and their performance so that improved catalysts can be rationally designed.

Previous experience in both electrochemical methods and X-ray characterisation is essential, as well as a track record of peer-reviewed publications. This position will initially run until March 2026 (~20 months), with the possibility for extension subject to the award of follow-on funding.

You can find out more on the group website, including research details and publications: https: // emi.web.ox.ac.uk

All applications must be made online using the Oxford University E-Recruitment system, no later than 12 noon on 12th July 2024. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 23rd July 2023 and you must be available on this date, either by Teams, Zoom or in person.

Contact Person : HR Manager Vacancy ID : 173580 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 12-Jul-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 36,024 – 44,263

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