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We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to work on our EPSRC funded project “Low Carbon Jet Fuel through integration of Novel Technologies for Co-Valorisation of CO2 and Biomass”. More specifically, the tasks relevant to this post focus on solid oxide electrochemical systems based on functional ceramic materials to electrolyse steam, CO2 or a mixture of both (co-electrolysis) to produce syngas (H2 and CO mixture).

The post holder is required to:    

  • Conduct collaborative interdisciplinary research on solid oxide co-electrolysis system design (approximately 100W), build up, integration, optimisation and modelling analysis and developing other as required laboratory work to support the activities of the team.
  • Contribute to the design and building experimental setups for integrated low-carbon jet fuel system experiments. Have strong experience in operating electrochemical systems. Strong collaboration with the team to integrate laboratory results and numerical modelling for understanding system-level characteristics.
  • Develop and execute experimental plans to support project objectives. Analyse results and communicate recommendations to project teams.
  • Identify opportunities and prepare proposals to support SOCE stack and system development.
  • Apply problem-solving skills to support production and development activities across electrochemical-based technologies. 

The successful post holder will focus on developing and executing laboratory experiments and modelling analysis of solid oxide co-electrolysis (SOCE) at the system level (around 100 W) and provide the required information (electrochemical properties, syngas production rate, cell degradation) for their integration with other key technologies developed in this project.

The successful applicant must hold a PhD (or about to obtain) in mechanical, chemical engineering or related discipline with background and expertise in solid oxide cells systems. The role holder will work in a multidisciplinary team to conduct frontier research on laboratory experiments on solid oxide co-electrolysis system design, build up, integration, optimisation and modelling analysis.

The project will be carried out in close collaboration between the different project partners and travel to coordinate the research project will be necessary. There are also opportunities to participate in our other projects in CO2 utilisation and low carbon systems.

Interested applicants must submit via the Heriot-Watt on-line recruitment system: (1) Cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) Full CV, including names of 3 referees; and (3) List of Publications. The post is available from 1st September 2018 for 18 months in the first instance and can be extended further.

For more information, please visit:

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer at M.Maroto-Valer@hw.ac.uk

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

For application details and further information please go to: www.hw.ac.uk/apply-jobs

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