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Post-doc Novel Electromechanical Reactors: selective electrolysis of complex waters - REF 22PDR171
University de São Paulo

Date Posted Jul. 13, 2022
Title Post-doc Novel Electromechanical Reactors: selective electrolysis of complex waters - REF 22PDR171
University University de São Paulo More About This Institution...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Department Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Jul. 27, 2022
Position Start Date August 2022
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics
    Engineering - Other

Research theme area:

Electrochemical Systems; Electrochemical Reactors; Electrolysis.


Summary of the Post:

“The research group at PME-Poli works with the development and study of modern systems for the interconversion of energies. The goal of this postdoctoral position is the development, test, and characterization of novel electrochemical reactors for the selective conversion of complex waters into hydrogen and oxygen. A key aspect of this position is the holistic approach to electrochemical reactors, which includes making electrodes, component manufacture, and reactor characterization and operation. This is a transdisciplinary position, with close collaboration with numerical modelling of the reactors. Therefore, a capacity to overcome apparent barriers between disciplines is an asset.”


Description of the post - Key Responsibilities:

Research Duties:
● To take initiative in the planning of research;
● To develop and characterize new electrodes;
● To integrate catalysts onto suitable electrodes and test them;
● To design and manufacture reactor prototypes and their components;
● To operate and characterize the electrochemical reactors;
● To identify and develop suitable approaches for tackling the problems associated with the operation of electrochemical reactors;
● To propose and develop new techniques for the characterization of the reactors;
● To design reproducible experiments and conduct data analysis;
● To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times;
● To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings;
● To write reports for submission to research sponsors;
● To present findings to colleagues and at conferences;
● To submit publications to refereed journals;

Management Duties:
● To contribute to managing a laboratory and help maintain a clean, safe and productive environment;
● To plan and manage project workshops;
● To assist postgraduate and undergraduate research students in their work making sure that they comply with laboratory operations;
● To write and submit appropriate research summary reports;
● To comply with relevant Institutional policies, including Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Promoting Race
Equality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Information Systems Security Policy and Intellectual Property Rights and Register of
Interests Policies.

Financial Duties:
● To manage the finances associated with the section of the project associated with the candidate.

Strategy Duties:
● To assist in the preparation of reports and proposals for the continuation of the research.


Requirements to fill the position:

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they possess the following attributes:
- PhD degree in engineering or physical sciences.
- Familiarity with energy-conversion electrochemical devices, such as fuel cells and electrolyzers.
Experience (are highly valued, albeit not fully required)
- Experience in handling all aspects of an electrochemical device;
- Experience in the manufacture of electrodes and electrochemical systems, especially electrolyzers;
- Experience with electrochemical and related experimental techniques is essential;
- Experience in microkinetic modelling is an asset;
- Knowledge of catalytic mechanisms;
- Experience with transdisciplinary research and practical experience of working as part of a research team.
Skills and Abilities
- Supervisory/Staff Management Skills;
- Teaching skills;
- Ability to exercise initiative;
- Programming skills, especially in lab-based systems;
- Ability to relate appropriately to others;
- Report writing skills;
- Presentation skills;
- Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature;
- Ability to develop and apply new concepts;
- Creative approach to problem-solving;
- Ability to direct the work of a small research team and motivate others to produce a high standard of work;
- Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines;
- Basic computer skills, including word-processing, spreadsheets and the Internet.
- Knowledge of electrolysis.
- Knowledge of electrochemical reactors/systems;
- Knowledge of transport phenomena.


Funding Notes:
This Postdoc Fellowship is funded by FAPESP. The fellowship will cover a standard maintenance stipend of R$ 8.479,20 (reais) per month.


Position: Post-Doctoral REF: 22PDR171 AND APPLICATION AT REF 22PDR171 – Post Doctoral

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Contact Information

  • RCGI
    Human Resources
    University De São Paulo
    Av Prof Mello Moraes, 2231
    Cidade Universitaria - Butanta
    Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo 05508-030


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