Research Scientist in Energy Storage and Conversion (Prof. Mauro Pasta)

Research Scientist in Energy Storage and Conversion


Job Description and Selection Criteria


Job title

Research Scientist (Junior) in Energy Storage and Conversion

Research topic

Electrochemistry: electrocatalysis and batteries


Energy Storage and Conversion

Reporting to

Professor Mauro Pasta

Group website

Salary Range

A competitive remuneration package will apply


Full time

Contract type

Fixed-term (2 years), with the possibility of extension.

Start date

1st July, 2021 (Negotiable)

Application closing date

15 June, 2021

Additional information

electrochemical equipment, material synthesis, hydrogen energy

The role

The Research Scientist (Junior) will join the Energy Storage and Conversion group, reporting to Prof. Mauro Pasta. We are looking for researchers with expertise, proven by a strong publication record, in the area of advanced electrochemical characterisation with expertise in one or preferably more of the following areas:

  • Theoretical and applied electrochemistry;
  • Deep working knowledge and fundamental understanding of electrochemical characterization techniques, including:
    • Voltammetric techniques;
    • Galvanostatic and potentostaic techniques;
    • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy;
    • Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance;
  • Demonstrated ability to collect and interpret electrochemical data and relate the data back to underlying materials-related properties/processes.
  • Experience in electrocatalysis and Li-ion batteries

We are looking for well organised and self-motivated scientists, with the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project, to identify research objectives and to carry out appropriate research activities within a given timescale, demonstrating the ability to work co-operatively with colleagues in an extremely fast-paced and intellectually stimulating environment.


  • Support the research as directed by PI and cooperated with the other RS/RT to a high degree of professional competence.
  • Manage own academic research and administrative activities, involving small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines.
  • Adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols.
  • Test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate.
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects.
  • Develop ideas for generating research income, and present detailed research proposals to senior researchers.
  • Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and present papers and posters.
  • Use specialist scientific equipment in a laboratory environment.
  • Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and experimental techniques.
  • Represent the research group at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of the group or alone.
  • Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups.

Selection criteria



  • Hold a PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science, together with relevant experience.
  • Strong publication record in the areas mentioned in the overview of the role.
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmers.
  • Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities.
  • Previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations.
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.


  • Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project.
  • Experience and both the ability and interest to teach or train others.

About OSCAR (Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research)  

OSCAR, the first overseas research centre of the University of Oxford, is working closely with the Suzhou Industrial Park and both academic and industrial collaborators in China to progress a range of exciting societal and economic development opportunities.

As a multidisciplinary research, innovation and technology centre, OSCAR focuses on research challenges and technologies that both complement the Centre’s location in Suzhou Industrial Park and capitalise on current Oxford research strengths. Research will initially be focused around the areas of biomedical engineering, biomedicine, advanced functional materials, electronic / optoelectronic / photonic devices, environmental technology, energy, mathematical and computational applications in finance and in health, and other related science and engineering disciplines.

The Centre is positioned in Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District (SEID), a district in southern SIP with a high concentration of science, education and innovation activity. SEID is the prototype of higher education internationalization in China which hosts 32 local and foreign universities and institutions. The Centre, housed in a nine-storey building with a gross space of 20,000m2, offers flexible access to facilities for multi-functional activities such as labs, seminars, workshops, training, public events, and administration, etc. 


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