About the Role

We are seeking an expert in electrochemistry to undertake theory-based science in research programmes and customer-focused consultancy on electrochemical systems

In the NPL Electrochemistry Group, we are rapidly expanding our research and commercial activity. Our goal is to support UK industry and society by underpinning confidence in data in the electrochemical sciences, with a key focus on supporting the transition to a low carbon economy through improvements in electrochemical technologies. Towards this aim we are seeking an enthusiastic expert in electrochemical theory to join our team.

The expected activities in the role are as follows:

  • Developing theories to describe electrochemical devices and measurement systems
  • Implementing numerical models based on these theories to create new scientific insight (e.g. using software such as MATLAB, COMSOL Multiphysics, etc.)
  • Analysis of simulated and experimental data
  • Scientific report and paper writing, and dissemination of work via presentations
  • Establishing an internal and external network of collaborators, working closely with scientists who are generating high quality experimental data
  • Formulating research proposals and commercial opportunities by consideration of how NPL science can support the requirements of stakeholders

The principal electrochemical systems of interest within the scope of the role are those contributing to net-zero-carbon energy conversion and storage (fuel cells, electrolysers, Li-ion batteries, next-generation energy storage systems). Project opportunities may also arise in other electrochemical disciplines, such as electroanalysis or corrosion. The role combines activities towards long-term research programmes with the opportunity to deliver smaller-scale consultancy projects to commercial businesses. Proactive suggestions for research, to shape our overall activity in the field, will be encouraged.

We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working. We strive to offer a great work life balance - if you are looking for full time, part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in.
About You

You will have the opportunity to work alongside a diverse group of electrochemists and to collaborate with specialists from other groups in NPL, as well as academic and industrial collaborators, both in the UK and internationally. The role provides an opportunity to develop knowledge of electrochemical science and metrology, and to build expertise in the use of contemporary scientific software. Many activities will be directly customer-facing; the successful candidate will ably interpret scientific needs and be keen to disseminate their accomplishments at NPL.

Prior experience in electrochemical modelling is desirable but not essential; a solid fundamental understanding of scientific concepts in electrochemistry, combined with ability and enthusiasm for considering these in mathematical terms, is the most important requirement. Candidates may expect that both essential and desirable qualities listed below will be assessed during the interview process.

Essential requirements:

  • A track record of working productively in a collaborative scientific environment, as evidenced by a PhD or equivalent experience in chemistry, materials science, physics or a related discipline
  • Strong knowledge of fundamental electrochemistry and key aspects of common electrochemical systems
  • Proven aptitude for the interpretation of scientific problems in mathematical terms, and delivery of useful insights from theoretical analysis
  • Articulate, confident communication
  • Enthusiasm for practical, industry-led problem-solving in electrochemistry

Any of the following additional qualities are desirable but not essential:

  • Presentation experience to industrial/academic audiences
  • Publication experience (writing and editing manuscripts for peer-reviewed literature)
  • Experience using multiphysics simulation software (e.g. COMSOL Multiphysics, ANSYS Fluent)
  • Experience using scientific data analysis software (e.g. Python, MATLAB, Mathematica)
  • In-depth research experience (experimental and/or theoretical) on Li-ion batteries or comparable systems
  • In-depth research experience (experimental and/or theoretical) on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, electrolysers or comparable systems
  • Good knowledge of fundamental physics (e.g. electrical circuit analysis, heat transfer, flow)
Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.  
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About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled, black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.