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Research and Technology Development Manager: Fuel Cell & Electrolyser

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Catalysis Institute
Department of Chemical Engineering
HySA Catalysis Competence Centre in South Africa
Reference number: E17229

The Research and Technology Development (R&TD) Manager: Fuel Cell & Electrolyser will be based in Cape Town on a 5-year contract at the University of Cape Town. The individual will provide technical leadership and expertise around all relevant projects in the HySA Catalysis Competence Centre's portfolio and establish and maintain worldclass R&D processes in the laboratories. As the technical expert, he/she will ensure technology know-how transfer to the project team members in the centre hub and its spokes. He/she will ensure a vibrant postgraduate student body in the field of fuel cell and electrolyser.

Key responsibilities:

  • Technical leadership of the fuel cell and electrolyser teams incorporating a bold and innovative vision for the next 5 years for the Centre and clearly communicating this vision to all stakeholders.
  • Provide technical guidance to the project teams in all relevant projects.
  • Establish and maintain world-class R&D in the centre hub and its spokes.
  • Transfer internationally recognised knowledge, skills and expertise to the local HySA community and provide mentorship to the HySA community.
  • Develop comprehensive local competence with a view to eventually establishing a domestic manufacturing base in South Africa.
  • Include significant South African innovations and ensure the technologies evolve from technology readiness levels, TRL 1 (concept) through TRL 6 (lab prototype) and carry out technoeconomic analysis on the most promising technologies.
  • Assist in the business planning, the budgeting process, and technical reporting requirements of all relevant projects.


  • A recognised international track-record in low temperature PEM fuel cell technology development is essential; notably membrane electrode assembly (MEA) technology but preferably everything from catalyst up to and including stack design and development. Experience in electrolyser MEA and/or catalyst development is an advantage.
  • The successful candidate will have previously held senior positions and led technical teams in this field for at least 5 years. He/she would ideally have a MSc or preferably a PhD in Engineering or related discipline or 10 years relevant experience after a BSc.
  • The individual must have exceptional communication skills to effectively lead a diverse technical team and to communicate with a variety of stakeholders from government, institutions and companies.
  • The successful incumbent will be not only technically incisive but must show evidence for commercially oriented technology development responding to industrial drivers for commercialisation.

The incumbent will be offered an internationally competitive package.

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Abigail Dixon at

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo competency assessments. Please note: the appointable candidate will be required to undergo a pre-placement medical test.

Telephone: 021 650-1673

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Reference number: E17229
Closing date: 15 November 2017

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