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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Solid Hydrogen Storage


Standard Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum

Closing date

Dec 30, 2023 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoc Researcher to join the Energy Storage and Energy Carrier research group led by Dr Binjian Nie at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The post is funded by EPSRC New Investigator Award for 24 months or an end date of 31 March 2026 - whichever is earlier. 


The overall aim of the project is to investigate the synergistic process of novel thermochemical energy storage and solid hydrogen storage which is expected to have step-change performance improvements in round-trip-efficiency, volumetric density, and costs in comparison to existing hydrogen storage techniques including (i) compressed hydrogen, (ii) liquid hydrogen, and (iii) ammonia. The full-time PDRA will mainly conduct original research in composite materials and reactors for solid hydrogen storage. 


You should possess a PhD (or be near completion) in a relevant area of engineering, such as material engineering, or chemical engineering. You should have experience in hydrogen-relevant research with an evidenced track record, particularly publications in high-impact journals. You should also build experimental test rigs with the assistance of a lab technician. Experience in thermal or thermochemical energy storage, chemical reaction and process engineering is desirable. 


Experience in patent filing and knowledge transfer is also desirable. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Binjian Nie (email: For more information about working at the Department, see Only online applications received before midday on 30 December 2023 can be considered. You will be required to upload a cover 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. Hydrogen, Thermal Energy Storage, Heating & Cooling, Reactors and Process Engineering, Chemical Engineering

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Professor Binjian Nie

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