Research Associate/Fellow in Electrocatalysis

University of Nottingham Department of Chemistry

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Electrocatalysis (fixed term)

Closing Date
Sunday, 13th February 2022
Job Type
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Metal Atoms on Surfaces and Interfaces (MASI) is a large-scale multidisciplinary project spearheaded by four UK universities (Nottingham, Cardiff, Cambridge, and Birmingham) simultaneously addressing two grand challenges: sustainable use of metals and low-carbon technologies. Through harnessing the unique characteristics and potential of single metal atoms and metal nanoclusters, MASI seeks to address pressing global issues of sustainability, energy efficiency, carbon dioxide utilisation and a move towards a circular economy. The multidisciplinary holistic research methodology of MASI is stimulating innovation across different sectors, accelerating the translation of fundamental discoveries for clean technologies.

The project consists of four interconnected Themes addressing the fundamental aspects of metal nanocluster formation (A), metal-support interactions (B), imaging & analysis of nanocatalysts in action (C) and harnessing their catalytic/electrocatalytic properties in key reactions, including CO2 electroreduction and hydrogen generation by electrolysis (D), funded by the EPSRC Programme Grant for a period of five years from August 2021. For more information, please visit

We seek to appoint a postdoctoral researcher with strong background in electrocatalysis, to advance electrocatalytic conversion of CO2 to methanol and other liquid products using materials and methods developed in this project. The Research Fellow will be appointed for two years to harness electrocatalytic properties of metal nanoclusters, to provide holistic understanding of the reaction pathways and to design electrocatalytic batch and flow reactors. The Research Fellow will become part of the multidisciplinary MASI project team and the Nanocarbon Group, led by Prof. Andrei Khlobystov (

First degree and PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, or a related discipline (thesis submitted by the start date); deep practical experience in electrochemistry and electrocatalysis, and advanced skills in analytical chemistry tools are essential.

This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment of 2 years available from 01 March 2022. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Andrei Khlobystov, email ANDREI.KHLOBYSTOV@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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