Research Associate in Laser Diagnosics Imperial College London, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate in Laser Diagnosics

 

Job summary

The Tribology Group at Imperial College London wishes to appoint a Research Associate to conduct research into the fundamental of surface film formation with novel optical and spectroscopic techniques. Antiwear additives are frequently used to manage wear between two rubbing surfaces. Previously studies, mainly with ex-situ analysis, have suggested that chemical reactions occur between these additives and rubbing surfaces. However, details and...

 

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  • Reference ENG00011
  • Closing date 3 December 2017

 

Job description

 

Job summary

 

The Tribology Group at Imperial College London wishes to appoint a Research Associate to conduct research into the fundamental of surface film formation with novel optical and spectroscopic techniques.

 

Antiwear additives are frequently used to manage wear between two rubbing surfaces. Previously studies, mainly with ex-situ analysis, have suggested that chemical reactions occur between these additives and rubbing surfaces. However, details and governing factors of such film formation mechanisms remain elusive. Due to the complexity of underlying working mechanisms, in-situ techniques that allow real-time examination are required to further our understanding in this subject.

 

The Tribology Group, one of the largest Academic Tribology Groups in the UK, has a long tradition in the development of novel methodologies which has led to major knowledge advancement in lubrication and additive science.

 

Duties and responsibilities

 

We are looking for a talented, like-minded researcher who would push our experimental capability further and contribute to our understanding of the relationship between mechanical stresses and the chemical reactions for film formation. Working closely with engineers, and chemists, you will incorporate advance laser spectroscopies into tribological testing, allowing the relationship between test conditions, additive film chemistry and tribological performance to be established. You would help the development of greener, more effective antiwear additives through journal publications and discussion with the industry.

 

Essential requirements

 


    • You should have a PhD (or equivalent, or near completion of PhD) in an area pertinent to the research subject i.e. Optics, Laser Diagnostics, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or Engineering.

    • You must have experience building your own advanced laser spectroscopic or imaging setups, such as FCS, Confocal, IR, Raman.

    • Experience in implementations of home built laser spectroscopic techniques to engineering systems with restricted access and low signal-to-noise conditions is highly desirable. Matlab and/or Labview programming skills are essential.

    • Knowledge in additive chemistry, tribology, self-assembly, film formation, physical/analytical chemistry, thermodynamics is preferred. 

    • You are curious and eager to solve engineering problems through a fundamental approach.

    • You are a skilled communicator, comfortable in a multidisciplinary and multinational setting.

    • Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

 

Further information

 

This is a fixed term position for 12 months.

 

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

 

Candidates who have already been awarded that PhD will be appointed as Research Associate within the salary range £36,800 - £44,230 per annum.

 

Informal e-mail enquiries may be made to Dr Janet Wong at j.wong@imperial.ac.uk.

 

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Helen Stoneham at h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk.

 

Documents

  • Job Description and Person Specification.doc

 

About Imperial College London

 

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

 

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

 

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

 

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

 

Additional information

 

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

 

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity

  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams

  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others

  • Deliver positive outcomes

  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination

  • Develop and grow skills and expertise

  • Work in a planned and managed way 

 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

 

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.


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