Research Fellowship in Energy Storage Materials and Systems Based on Hydrogen

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

Nottingham Research Fellowship Opportunity in Energy Storage Materials and Systems based on Hydrogen for The Propulsion Futures Beacon of Excellence

Reference NARFB2020
Closing Date Monday, 17th February 2020
Job Type Research
Department Propulsion Futures Beacon (Engineering)
Salary £40322 to £49553 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the visionary research team in the Propulsion Futures Beacon of Excellence, which aims to drive the discovery and translation of new materials, components and technologies to drive innovative electrified propulsion systems in a new age of sustainable transport.

The Advanced Materials Research Group within the University of Nottingham is looking for visionary and innovative individuals who can drive the next generation discovery and translation of new Energy Storage Materials and Systems based on Hydrogen. This includes a wide range of technologies from solid state hydrogen stores that feed fuel cells to drive future electrified propulsion systems to hydrogen based thermal stores for heating and cooling. The research will be translational from fundamental materials discovery to prototype energy storage devices. 

Energy storage systems is one of the seven visions of the beacon and targets include land, marine and aerospace applications. We have a wide portfolio of interested industrial projects and the NRF will be expected to collaborate and instigate new research programs of interest and forge leadership into new directions. To support them we have a substantive hydrogen laboratory built as part of the Energy Research Accelerator. The Beacon will support the NRF in new initiatives and demonstrators to generate energy systems that are superior in energy density than current battery technologies and demonstrating their use in a wide range of applications. 

The candidate will be a strong experimentalist and have experience in building and using hydrogen storage test facilities such as volumetric and gravimetric equipment, high pressure hydrogen handling as well as prototype store development. They must have wide experience of in-depth materials characterisation and understanding of hydrogen storage materials such as metal and complex hydride based materials and the latest attempts to destabilise such systems. Experience of in situ and ex situ characterisation techniques and experience in techno-economic assessment is desirable. The candidate must have an innovative plan for their future research and show leadership potential. Strong international collaborative links will also be beneficial. As part of the beacon they will be expected to integrate with the beacon team, engage in collaborative ventures and proposals, and look to push the technology up the TRL pathway.  

Our prestigious internal fellowship schemes are a fundamental part of our Research Vision and aim to recruit the next generation of outstanding research leaders. We will be recruiting a diverse cohort of 100 Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellows by the end of 2022 and as part of this we are particularly interested to recruit outstanding candidates to the Propulsion Futures Beacon.  Beacon fellows will be supported to develop an independent research career, whilst actively contributing to the aims of the Beacon Research Programme.  

We believe that diverse teams deliver the highest quality teaching, research and student experience. So, to achieve the Faculty of Engineering’s vision of being top ranked in all areas of Education and Student Experience and Knowledge Exchange we are seeking applications from high quality people whose backgrounds, experience and identity broadens and enhances the diversity of our existing team.

This fellowship offers:

  • Three years’ independent research funding, covering salary costs at c.£40,000-£49,000
  • The link to a permanent academic post, subject to performance
  • Additional funding for research expenses totalling £75,000
  • Childcare costs of up to £5,000 per annum 
  • Access to mentoring, career development and networking with the wider fellowship community

Eligibility: Candidates must have been awarded their PhD. This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates do not normally have more than 8 year’s postdoctoral experience. However, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience as this doesn’t allow for variations of career paths across disciplines. Candidates will be assessed on their quality, potential and track record, relative to their career stage.

How to apply:

  1. Submit an expression of interest, consisting of a full CV and a one-page description of their proposed NRF project - to the Beacon (Professor David Grant – see contact below), by Thursday 30th Jan. We will confirm interest from both the School and the Beacon in receiving a full application shortly thereafter.
  2. Once you have been invited to submit a full application, apply online, completing the short form and uploading your completed full application form, available below.

EOI deadline 30th Jan, Full application deadline 17th Feb. Interviews will be held for shortlisted applicants in March 2020.

Please note, uploading the full application form is a requirement and we will not be able to consider your application if this is not provided.   Candidates who do not submit an initial expression of interest will also not be considered.

All queries regarding eligibility/details of the scheme should be directed to  For specific information related to the Propulsion Futures Beacon, please contact

For specific information about the technical remit of the roles, please contact .

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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