We are always interested in hearing from qualified and motivated candidates who fit the criteria below for either Research Assistant positions or PhD positions

Research Assistant positions
Two methods
a) People who have (or have identified) a suitable source of funds e.g. (Marie Curie Fellowships, http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/) and are interested to apply with a reasonable chance of success (this means you need to be first name author on 5+ papers in good quality journals). Please contact Anthony Kucernak with details of the position and why you think you will be successful. Include [PDRA Fellowship] in the email subject line
b) Open positions. All positions are advertised and links to those positions are below. If there is nothing below then there are currently no open positions. Follow contact details in the advertisement.

PhD studentships
Three methods
a) People who have (or have identified) a suitable source of funds e.g. (personal funds, scholarships, http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/) and are interested to apply with a reasonable chance of success (this means you need to be first name author on 2+ papers in good quality journals, or have other evidence of outstanding promise). Please contact Anthony Kucernak with details of the position and why you think you will be successful. Please include in the email subject line [Funded Studentship].
b) Open studentships which will be displayed below but which might have specific requirements. Follow contact details in advertisement.
c) Home students (fulfil UK residency status) and willing to apply for a (competitively assigned) departmental studentship. Please contact Anthony Kucernak with details of the position and why you think you will be successful - mark with [Home Studentship] in email heading.


There is currently two open positions in the Kucernak Group. Please read the job descriptions below and apply as instructed.

 Job Title

Research Associate in ‘Electrochemistry for Hydrogen Compression’


Imperial College London are part of an EU framework 2020-funded project “MEMPHYS: (MEMbrane based Purification of HYdrogen System)”. The MEMPHYS projects involves the application of multiple hydrogen sources with integrated compression up to 200 bar, which significantly facilitates the transport and storage of hydrogen. Work at Imperial College London will examine new hydrogen oxidation catalysts, and advanced catalytic cleaning processes as part of the anode development. CFD-modeling from the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany will enable detailed insights into the flow in the cells and in the whole stack. The institute Jo┼żef Stefan from Ljubljana will carry out monitoring and control of the stack. The producer of bipolar plates Borit from Belgium will produce optimized plates and HyET from the Netherlands will construct the hydrogen compression and purification systems.

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in experimental electrochemistry, especially related to polymer electrolyte electrolysers and fuel cells or a closely related discipline. You must also have practical experience within a strong research environment as evidenced by preparation and publication of scientific papers in relevant, high-impact, refereed journals (preferably as first author

Experience of electrochemical testing including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and/or development of electrode structures and electrolytes and/or synthesis of new electrocatalysts are essential. Knowledge and experience of electrochemical analytical techniques to probe the electrode/electrolyte interface, and deconvolute charge (electrons/ions) transport in porous materials and knowledge of corrosion processes and electrochemical measurements of such are also essential. You must have experience of a range of analytical techniques to examine the electrochemical systems post mortem – e.g. UV/vis/Raman/FTIR spectroscopy, electron microscopy (SEM/TEM) and you should experience of delivering industrially-relevant reports/presentations.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication.  You must also be able to relate well with a wide range of people and to work as part of a team, as well as independently. 

Any candidate who has not been yet been awarded their PhD, will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 to £33,370 per annum.

This position is available for a fixed-term of up to 2 years in the first instance, from April 2017

For informal queries, contact Professor Anthony Kucernak by email at: anthony@imperial.ac.uk.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. The Department of Chemistry is also an Athena Gold Swan Award Winner.

 Closing Date 18th April 2017
 How To Apply

Our preferred method of application is online via our website http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment  (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS 2017 047 PB into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, attaching a curriculum vitae, a cover letter and the name and contact details of two referees.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Althea Hartley-Forbes at a.hartley-forbes@imperial.ac.uk


This job listing can also be viewed at jobs.ac.uk or on the imperial college jobs website

 Job Title

PhD Studentship in Fuel Cell Reactions at Low Platinum Loadings


Available Immediately

Supervisors: Professor Anthony Kucernak and Jonathon Sharman (Johnson Matthey)

The reduction of precious metal loading in fuel cells is critical for wide scale adoption of this green energy technology. However, performances losses that cannot currently be explained occur upon decreasing catalyst loadings near Department of Energy (DOE) targets. This loss may be associated with reaction kinetics or local transport resistance. It is paramount that this phenomenon be understood in order to achieve commercially viable fuel cell vehicles.

The Kucernak group have recently developed a novel electrode structure to study the electrokinetics of fuel cell reactions at loadings lower than DOE targets1-5. Using this structure, we have identified drastic differences between the true kinetic performance of Platinum and what would be expected based on state-of-the-art kinetic models.

This project aims to deepen our understanding of fuel cell reactions at low precious metal loadings in hope of gaining insights into the performance losses observed in low Platinum loading fuel cells.

This position is an Industrial CASE studentship with Johnson Matthey and will involve work some work at the Johnson Matthey R&D centre at Sonning Common, Berkshire. The position is only available for UK resident students.

 Closing Date  23rd December 2016(midnight GMT)
 How To Apply  Please email a CV and a cover letter detailing relevant experience to Professor Anthony Kucernak at: anthony@imperial.ac.uk.
 References 1.            A. R. Kucernak and C. Zalitis, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, 120, 10721-10745.
2.            C. M. Zalitis, J. Sharman, E. Wright and A. R. Kucernak, Electrochimica Acta, 2015, 176, 763-776.
3.            M. Markiewicz, C. Zalitis and A. Kucernak, Electrochimica Acta, 2015, 179, 126-136.
4.            C. M. Zalitis, D. Kramer, J. Sharman, E. Wright and A. R. Kucernak, presented at the Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 13, 2013.
5.            C. M. Zalitis, D. Kramer and A. R. Kucernak, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2013, 15, 4329-4340.