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Research Fellow in Technoeconomic Analysis for Hydrogen Energy

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £35,845 gross per annum
Fixed Term until 31/03/2022
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 14 July 2021
Closing Date:  Wednesday 28 July 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  040221

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in the Energy and Materials research group in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. The position is funded by the IAA-EPSRC (Impact Acceleration Accounts) grant ‘Technoeconomic Analysis for Hydrogen Energy’. The project will be led by Dr Amini Horri in collaboration with Proj John Varcoe at the Department of Chemistry. The project involves the development of a dynamic model using the process simulation applications (Aspen Plus or HYSYS) to deploy a techoeconomic analysis for an innovative hydrogen production process recently patented at Surrey.

The Energy and Materials group at the University of Surrey has a strong background in the synthesis, optimisation and application of advanced functional materials for energy conversion and storage. Dr Horri’s research group has specific interests in the synthesis, characterisation, and fabrication of small-scale electrochemical devices for developing novel and highly efficient water-splitting electrolysers and hydrogen fuel cells. Green hydrogen production, energy materials, and process optimisation and modelling, for use in a variety of sustainable electrochemical technologies (fuel cells, electrolysers (H2 generation and CO2 reduction), reverse electrodialysis and metal-air batteries) are the other aspects of the research activities at the Energy and Materials group.

The Research Fellow will be tasked with: (1) developing a dynamic model for a novel hydrogen production process comprised of reactors, electrolysers, heat exchangers, and the other usual process unit operations; (2) a technoeconomic and sensitivity analysis of the system to optimise the operating condition for maximising the production rate and profit (3) supervise undergraduate students (final year undergraduates, postgraduates and visiting) who will work on related projects; and (4) maximise impact and the production of additional high-quality publications.

This position is initially for a duration of 7 months. The preferred start date would be 16 Aug 2021.

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or the other relevant major degrees. Prior experience in technoeconomic analysis, process modelling, and optimisation are essential. Candidates should apply online, fully answer the application form questions, and attach a curriculum vitae (with details on education, research experiences, successes and publications to date). As part of your application, please also upload two letters of recommendation as supporting documents.

Prospective applicants can contact Dr Bahman Horri ( if they need any specific further information on the post.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.




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