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Research Associate in X-Ray Spectroscopy
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-019620

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/08/2022

Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Chemistry

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2023

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position with Dr Alex Walton is available for 12 months.

This role is part of a larger EPSRC-funded project to explore the use of High Entropy Materials as electrocatalysts for electrochemical hydrogen production.

This postdoc will be a specialist in materials characterisation by X-Ray spectroscopy and will work alongside experts in materials synthesis and electrochemistry within the Chemistry and Materials Depts. at the University of Manchester.

You will use cutting-edge characterisation to relate the composition and surface chemistry of this exciting new class of materials to their electrocatalytic performance. You will build upon the operando methodology developed at Manchester to study the electrode/electrolyte interface directly using Near-Ambient Pressure X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (NAP-XPS) to gain insight into the active phases of the catalyst, reaction intermediates and deactivation mechanisms.

You should have, or be about to obtain, a PhD (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials or a related discipline, with experience of instrument/technique development or in-situ/operando measurements using X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy or a related technique. You should also have experience of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Due to project time constraints, applicants must be able to start the role no later than 01 Jan 2023.

As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI).

The Department of Chemistry is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.  We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit          

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Blended working arrangements may be considered           

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Name: Dr Alex Walton


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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