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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Hydrogen Diagnostics


Standard Grade 7: 34,308 - 42,155 per annum

Closing date

Jan 30, 2023 12:00PM


We are seeking a full time to join the Thermal Propulsion System Research Group (TPSRG: ) at the Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford) from 1st April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post is funded by the EPSRC and is fixed-term to 31st October 2025 (with a possible extension subject to progress and performance).


The position serves the Oxford and JLR led “Centre of Excellence for Hybrid Thermal Propulsion Systems” which aims to establish Jaguar Land Rover, UK industry, and UK academia as the world leaders in hybrid thermal propulsion system science and technology.  You will be responsible for experimental, rig-based, tests to understand hydrogen injection, mixing and combustion using optical and laser-based techniques.


Additional duties also include constructing a database from previous research activities in TPSRG and making it available to the wider community. The candidate will be working closely with Professors Felix Leach,  Martin Davy, and Ben Williams, and external research associates within the prosperity partnership.


You should possess a relevant PhD/DPhil in engineering, computational sciences, physical sciences, or mathematics, together with sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within an established research program. Previous laser/optical diagnostic experience using techniques such as PLIF, LITGS and/or PIV is essential for this role and the role will be tailored to the candidate’s experience.


Additional information can be found in the job description. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Felix Leach (


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Only online applications received before midday on 30 January 2023 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.


Keywords: combustion, hydrogen, optical diagnostics, laser diagnostics, gas mixing

Contact name

Professor Felix Leach

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