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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

A position is open for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Assistant as part of an EPSRC funded Research Project at the University of Cambridge, in the group of Dr Laura Torrente.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in heterogeneous catalysis, membrane systems and chemical reaction engineering, including a PhD in a relevant area. Basic understanding of electrochemical processes is also desirable.

The post-holder will be part of a multidisciplinary team involving the University of Bath (Prof Frank Marken) and the University of Liverpool (Dr Kate Balck) to produce a step-change technological evolution of the existing PEM fuel cells by switching the anode process to indirect hydrogen. In this context, this project will focus on the development of novel catalytic inks for the production of hydrogen from ammonia-rich streams based on the work carried out in the group. The optimum catalytic system will be engineered to integrate the production and purification of hydrogen in membrane systems for their integration in the existing PEM fuel cell technology.

The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, collaborating with industrial partners, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional talks as outlined on the Further Information document.

Immediate availability is desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 20 months in the first instance. Applicants should provide a CV, including contact details of three referees and a covering letter describing their suitability for the role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 20 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For further information contact Dr Laura Torrente (

Please quote reference NQ11527 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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