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Head of Electrochemistry

West London

Salary + Equity

Supercritical is developing the world’s first high pressure, ultra-efficient water electrolyser for green hydrogen production. The system will be capable of overcoming many of the limitations experienced by today’s incumbent electrolysis technologies. By harnessing the benefits of heat and pressure, Supercritical’s proprietary design enables us to operate in the region of the highest electrical efficiencies seen commercially today, whilst delivering hydrogen at high pressure which is perfect for storage.  The resultant green hydrogen and oxygen products that we produce can be used to decarbonise heavy industry, chemicals, transport and more.  We have recently closed a £2.6million funding round and have announced two incredible projects - WhiskHy and GreeNH3.


  • Defining and driving the roadmap for material development, testing and qualification, with commercial scale production in mind

  • Roadmapping and overseeing all scientific and manufacturing process development based work streams

  • Manage multiple external relations, both vendors and service providers maintaining Supercritical’s best interests when it comes to technology and commercials

  • Execution and delivery of lab deliverables including the test plan, schedule, budget, document controls and resource management.

  • Leveraging the best methods for data acquisition, storage and analysis to optimise and accelerate research and development

  • Provide leadership and direction to the business, using your experience to build the internal team and build working relationships with subcontractors.

  • Lead plans and cost estimates for future projects and execute existing plans

  • Responsible for management of change, safety and operating procedures within the lab.

  • Ensure work is coordinated and communicated with the wider team.  

  • Specify equipment for procurement when appropriate and ensure equipment and instruments are well maintained, calibrated and responsible for servicing or repairs where necessary. 

  • Maintain and improve the laboratory’s technical operation efficiency in a cost-effective manner, and ensure resources such as people power, training, equipment, workflow etc. are available to create a sustainable laboratory operation

About you

You will 

  • Be passionate about a net zero environment, excited by innovation and proactive in your pursuit of it.

  • Be innovative, adaptive, able to execute and be a teamplayer 

  • Have demonstrable experience in successful technology development and team management 

  • Have a commercial opportunity driven mindset, creating the technology push to meet our market’s commercial pull.

  • PhD level degree in a physical science or engineering discipline in chemistry or chemical engineering and experience in either an academic or industrial setting

  • Be excellent at distilling technical data and deriving conclusions and providing direction 

  • Be dynamic and comfortable working in an environment full of uncertainty, using your ingenuity and natural problem solving skills to drive out this uncertainty systematically.

  • Have experience of working with high pressure/high temperature systems

  • Have experience in hydrogen or battery technologies

  • Have outstanding communication skills, both written and speaking.

  • Be proactive and self-motivated, taking initiative to drive towards company goals.

  • Have expert knowledge of laboratory health and safety protocols (including COSHH)



  • Multiphysics/Electrochemical modelling experience

  • Corrosion chemistry experience

  • Experience in automation, high-throughput experimentation, data science, programming, development of research

  • Experience of working with high pressure/high temperature systems

  • First Aider trained for a lab/workshop environment. Fire Warden trained.

  • High-level understanding of electrochemical technology and equipment (eg. gas analysis techniques) to support others with troubleshooting.

Direct applicants only - no agencies  

Supercritical are not currently in a position to sponsor overseas applications

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