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MEA Student Placement
Location UK - Swindon
Sector Hydrogen Technologies
Requisition Number 13929
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Vacancy: MEA Student Placement (Hydrogen Technologies)

Location: Swindon
Job Family: R&D

Together for a cleaner, healthier world. 

Johnson Matthey (JM) is a leading international FTSE 100 speciality chemicals company underpinned by science, technology and our people. A leader in sustainable technologies, many of our products enhance the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Johnson Matthey employs around 13,000 people in over 30 countries.

As part of our Hydrogen Technologies Business, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells is a customer focussed, global entity dedicated to the supply of high-performance fuel cell catalysts and components.  The business, which is headquartered in Swindon, is a leader in its chosen markets with rapidly growing sales supported by its extensive R&D and manufacturing capabilities.   

We are therefore seeking a highly motivated Chemistry, Materials Science or Physics student to join our MEA Research team in our Hydrogen Fuel Cells facility in Swindon. This will be a 13 month placement to commence in the summer of 2022.

In this placement you will gain experience working in a world class facility whilst receiving support for your own personal and professional development. Full training will be given to assist you in successfully undertaking your responsibilities.

We reserve the right to close the application process early if sufficient applications have been received. Therefore, it is advised that you apply early.



  • During your placement, you will support the other members of the team by carrying out experiments to help understand MEA properties and determine manufacturing routes. You will need to work independently to complete experiments designed for you initially, but as the placement progresses you will be required to have more input into the planning of the experiments.
  • Key responsibilities:
  • Assist in the preparation of experiment samples for both mechanical and electrochemical testing.
  • Prepare samples for ex-situ characterization techniques, such as microcopy and tensile testing.
  • Assisting in interpreting experimental results and planning next stages.
  • Ensure all relevant safety rules are followed

Are you the ideal candidate?  

You will be:

  • Studying for a degree in Physical Science (Chemistry) or relative discipline
  • Able to demonstrate experience of working safely in a laboratory
  • Able to demonstrate experience of working within a team on projects
  • An effective communicator with the ability to build successful working relationships
  • A Self-starter and demonstrate an ability to manage your own time effectively

How to apply:

If you have the necessary skills and experience to join our team, please apply online.  For any queries or should you require any reasonable adjustments to support your application please contact 

Closing date for applications: 28 December 2021

Johnson Matthey Plc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

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