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Electrode Assembly Test Engineer



Quality Assurance
Sandwich, UK
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

At ZeroAvia, we’re clean sky thinkers. For the world to achieve truly clean, guilt-free flight, we need a scalable solution; hydrogen-electric powertrains. As a leader in zero-emission aviation and a UK Jet Zero Council member, we’re designing and commercialising hydrogen-powered solutions that will positively impact the future of aviation, global connectivity, and the world.

Engineering designs our next-generation hydrogen electric engines. Working across Hydrogen, Propulsion and Integration divisions, they solve technical problems and help decarbonize aviation by finding solutions for electric propulsion, hydrogen storage, fuel cell technology, power distribution, thermal management and more.

The Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) Development Group of ZeroAvia is developing durable high performing High Temperature MEAs using internally developed catalysts, electrode layers and GDEs (Gas Diffusion Electrodes). The MEA team aims to deliver a higher performing and more durable MEA which will make a significant contribution into the specific power and lifetime goals of the future hydrogen energy system for use in larger, long-range aircrafts. As a member of this team, you will be responsible for building, testing and analysing small scale MEA performance in a fuel cell.

Main responsibilities

  • Executes assigned technical activities aimed at building and testing MEA performance characteristics including polarization, Tafel Slope, Electro Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), and Cyclic Voltammetry. Executes test programs to evaluate new membranes, catalytic layers, GDEs, MEA assembly parameters to further R&D.
  • Documents test methods and test equipment operation. Creates Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to standardize testing operations.
  • Creates test plans and conducts designed experiments. Analyses experimental results and documents conclusions.
  • Characterizes MEA performance across the operating range of the fuel cell system as well as the design parameters of the fuel cell stack. Executes lifetime testing and monitors and reports performance throughout.
  • Builds test cells, prepares test stations, creates test recipes. Executes test program, analyses data and reports results.
  • Utilizes Tafel plots, EIS and CV to understand fundamental electrochemical process behaviour in operating cells.
  • Explores new characterization techniques through literature and university contacts to develop a better understanding of the MEA behaviour during operation. Implements new techniques on a lab scale.
  • Documents experimental data/observations in technical notebooks or electronic files.
  • Identifies equipment needs. Develops equipment specification and procurement plan. Facilitates quoting process with qualified equipment manufacturers. Interfaces with equipment manufacturers and orchestrates delivery and installation. Interfaces with internal facilities team to locate, install and commission equipment.
  • Takes part in generating new IP positions for the Company in the assigned technology.
  • Communicates results of technical tasks to the appropriate technical community. Prepares reports, organizes data.
  • Understands workplace safety and adheres to company Health and Safety Policy.

BS in Chemistry, Material Sciences, Engineering

>2 years of practical experience in engineering, testing, data analysis

Knowledge of fuel cell operation and characterization techniques

Excellent skills in Excel/ Mat Lab for data analysis

Good hands-on problem-solving skills and mechanical aptitude

Possesses good technical and non-technical communication skills

Possesses interpersonal and team skills necessary to perform effectively in variety of cross-functional team situations.