Senior Scientist - Electrolysis

Purpose of the Job:

As a recognised expert, you will apply materials science theory and experimental methodology to advance our understanding of performance and degradation, thereby supporting the development of metal supported solid oxide cells (SOC).


Key Accountabilities

  • Provide strong scientific / technical expertise in the development of SOC technologies from concept to product launch.
  • In particular, be a subject matter expert, and provide scientific and technical expertise by
  • Deliver improved materials and processes required to meet project technical objectives within agreed timescales.
  • Complete background research into innovative materials and processing routes and create strategies for development.
  • Create, implement, and support strategies to characterise the performance and stability of the fuel cell
  • Present technical progress and timing against delivery targets to the technical management and program management office.
  • Transfer of process developments into the cell and stack manufacturing team.
  • Support processes for the development and manufacture of components used in SOC Technologies, and be a trouble-shooter providing solutions to technical challenges faced in projects.
  • Support resolution of issues (technical, scientific, analytical, IP, etc) that affect, or have the potential to affect, the development of SOC Technologies, component manufacturing processes, meeting “life” and “cost” targets for product development.
  • Identify and analyse design problems to achieve optimal solutions that satisfy cost and technical requirements using both internal and external technical resources. Formulate new, innovative approaches to solve technical problems on a consistent basis.
  • Recognise and disseminate information about emerging trends (scientific, technical, IP, etc) that impact Ceres Power’s ability to deliver its customer projects or win business in both short and long terms.
  • Support definition of new and existing materials engineering design requirements and develop specifications in accordance with manufacturing, marketing, and customer expectations and requirements.
  • Communicate key information and recommendations to influence technical decisions and strategy.
  • Support the company’s in-house analytical characterisation and data analysis capabilities to ensure they are developed sufficiently and used and maintained effectively to meet materials characterisation requests. 


Qualification, Knowledge and Experience:

In addition to a high level of professionalism and experience of industry driven projects, working in a multidisciplinary team, the following are

Required skills:

  • PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field.

  • Scientific knowledge/understanding of some of the following: ceramics materials and processing, metallurgy, electro-ceramics, ceramic sintering, electrochemistry, organometallic chemistry, polymer chemistry, sol-gels and colloids.

  • Experience with some of the following materials characterisation techniques: SEM with EDS/WDX, XRD, PSD, STA/DTA, BET, dilatometry, FIB-SEM, XRF, ACIS/EIS, rheology, electrochemical testing, indentation and mechanical properties testing, 3D tomography, SIMS, ICP-MS.

  • Experience with some of the following manufacturing processes: screen printing, ink formulation and manufacturing processes, other thin film deposition processes, ceramic sintering, laser drilling and/or welding.

  • candidate needs to demonstrate entrepreneurial and can-do attitude to meet the goals of a fast-paced technology development environment.

Highly desirable skills:


Internal & External Relationships:

  • Regular progress reporting to the technical management team and program management office.

  • Working with external experts to develop knowledge and capability in processes and characterisation methods


We welcome applications from candidates who are also fluent in Korean, Mandarin, Chinese or German as well as from those who have experience of working or living within these countries and cultures.


Applications from candidates outside the UK will be considered.  However, all offers of employment will be subject to meeting UK Right-to-Work legislation.


Closing date for applications:  28th February 2021