University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Postdoctoral Research Associate

United Kingdom

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The starting salary will be from £32,982 up to £38,205 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

The above full-time EPSRC funded role is available from April 2024 for 12 months, with the potential for a 12-month extension.

The post

The University of Exeter's Department of Engineering is inviting applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher position within the Hydrogen Storage Research team. The successful candidate will engage in our pioneering research under the leadership of Dr. Mi Tian. This role is a unique opportunity to explore innovative hydrogen storage solutions, supported by EPSRC funding.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct high-level research in material synthesis, characterization, and performance assessment, specifically focusing on porous materials and metal hydrides.
  • Participate in collaborative experiments, potentially at partner laboratories or international synchrotron and neutron facilities.
  • Manage research activities, including the development of test rigs in conjunction with laboratory technicians.
  • Ensure adherence to health and safety protocols, particularly concerning high-pressure hydrogen gas.
  • About you

    You are a passionate researcher with:

  • A PhD (completed or near completion) or equivalent experience in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the discipline with a methodical approach to research.
  • Strong background in the synthesis and testing of materials related to hydrogen storage.
  • Familiarity with neutron scattering techniques would be advantageous.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to disseminate research findings effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Capability to draft and submit proposals to external funding bodies.
  • Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

    What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

  • There are a number of initiatives to support early career researcher with different life experiences to ensure everyone is able to flourish (e.g., mentoring, incubating new ideas, flexible working, support and guidance when applying for prestigious fellowships or grants to take your ideas forward).
  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings).

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world- leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us. Read about our world leading research on Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    For further information please contact Dr Mi Tian, e-mail [email protected].

    The closing date for completed applications is 17 December. Interviews are expected to take place on 9 January 2024.

    Job details


    Postdoctoral Research Associate


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    November 17, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 17, 2023

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    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Engineering,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the Royal Albert Memorial College which later converted into a university college of the southwest in the year 1922. And finally, it received its authorization in 1955 as the University of Exeter.

    The university is a part of the Russell Group which contains the top research-intensive universities of United Kingdom and has a total of 3 campuses. Out of all 3, Streatham is the largest campus by area as it contains most of the university's executive buildings.

    Also, it is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Penryn campus is associated with Falmouth University as per a combined initiative.

    The University has more than 25,263 student population who are coming from over 130 different nations. The university organizes its educational and administrative departments into 6 scholastic colleges. There are many research centres and institutes inside the campus. There are more than 200 student societies including creative writing, theatre club, Socialist Students societies, Poker Society and Conservative Future society. The university maintains an athletic union which is responsible for organizing and administrating all the sports activities fairly and actively. The union governs more than 50 sports clubs which have around 5,000 students.

    The university has a great alumni base and actively connects with more than 125,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. The graduates have been working in different fields. From globally known business leaders and lawyers to inspiring leaders and teachers to highly praised members of the press and artists, this university has proudly touched the lives of its alumni. Some of the much-known alumni of the university are J.K. Rowling (author- famous for Harry Potter series), Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius's 6th President) and Abdullah Gül (Turkey's 11th President).

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