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Positions available in the School of Physics and elsewhere will be advertised here, although this list is not meant to be definitive. For postgraduate opportunities within the School of Physics, please see the Opportunities section under Postgraduate.

The School welcomes applications for all positions advertised here from all qualified applicants, and applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in Physics.

Research Fellow in Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide

Position is available in the research team of Prof. Stephen Dooley at the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with Prof. Kim McKelvey at the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin. The project investigates the physical and chemical processes controlling the selective electrochemical catalysis of carbon dioxide to methanol by the creation of an advanced multiphysics simulation.

Background: Electricity-to-Fuels, in which electrical energy generated from renewable sources is used as energy source for the synthesis of fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water, is a technology that could interrupt the anthropogenic carbon cycle and significantly reduce net greenhouse gas emissions as required by the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. Electricity-to-Fuels technologies (also known as Power-to-X or Electro-fuels) are fast-evolving but face several fundamental science challenges in their operation and market viability. Particularly, the production costs of an Electricity-to-Fuels approaches are highly dependent on the capital costs of the electrolyser and the electricity price. The design of the electrolyser is thus critical.

Project: This project will provide an experimental and computational platform with which to test, model and optimise the performance of CO2 electrolysis cells. A sophisticated multi-physics simulation of a CO2 electrolysis cell will be developed, incorporating electrochemical reaction kinetics, fluid mechanics, and transport of chemical species.

Role: A postdoctoral researcher is sought to join the research team comprising two Principal Investigators and two dedicated post-graduate students. Essential Requirements: The successful application will have:

  • A PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering or related field.
  • Knowledge of electrolysis, electrocatalysis or other catalysis.
  • Experience in the design and operation of electrolysis cells.
  • Skills and experience of impedance spectroscopy and other electrochemical current-voltage characterisation techniques.
  • Excellent communication skills.
How to Apply

For more details and how to apply see Full Job Specification