Research Assistant / Associate in Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering
United Kingdom

Job summary

The post is funded by to investigate the photochemistry of porous boron nitride in the context of CO2 photoreduction in the gas phase. The main role of the post holder will be to carry out research in the synthesis, characterisation and testing of porous boron nitride for CO2 photoconversion, undertake project management and/or supervise multi-disciplinary teams. More specific objectives are outlined below: 1. To identify ways to...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01127
  • Date posted 6 December 2019
  • Closing date 20 December 2019

Key information about the role

  •  
    Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,477 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The post is funded by to investigate the photochemistry of porous boron nitride in the context of CO2 photoreduction in the gas phase.

The main role of the post holder will be to carry out research in the synthesis, characterisation and testing of porous boron nitride for CO2 photoconversion, undertake project management and/or supervise multi-disciplinary teams. More specific objectives are outlined below:

1. To identify ways to systematically control the chemical and structural features of the material.
2. To design and install a new set-up for the testing of CO2 photoreduction.
3. To test porous boron nitride powder for CO2 photoreduction.
4. To identify the mechanisms of reactions, using the experimental data as well as modelling studies as appropriate.
5. To carry out synthesis, characterisation and testing of porous boron nitride.
6. To undertake project management and/or supervise students.
7. To submit publications to refereed journals
8. To attract external research funding.
9. To collaborate with collaborators and team members.

Duties and responsibilities

Some of the key responsibilities will include:
• Identifying ways to systematically control the chemical and structural features of the material.
• Synthesising and characterising porous boron nitride exhibiting various chemistries and structural properties
• Testing porous boron nitride powder CO2 photoreduction.
• Determining the mechanisms of reaction.
Liaising with industrial partners, collaborators and other researchers in the team

Essential requirements

You will have a first degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering or a related discipline and a PhD (or equivalent) in a similar field or in manufacturing. You will have knowledge and practical experience of porous boron nitride (its synthesis, characterisation and testing as photocatalyst), adsorption processes, photocatalyst testing, spectroscopy techniques (FTIR, XPS, EPR, XRD, UV Vis DRS, PL), CO2 photoconversion.

You will be able to perform experiments in a wet chemistry lab and all accompanying analytical chemistry techniques, produce clear written reports and presentations and have the ability to collect and manipulate data. Previous experience on the synthesis, characterisation and testing of porous boron nitride in the context of CO2 photoreduction is essential.

Further information

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the 7 Imperial Expectations detailed below:

• Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
• Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
• Communicate regularly and effectively within and across teams
• Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
• Deliver positive outcomes
• Develop and grow skills and expertise
• Work in a planned and managed way

Employees are also required to comply with all College policies and regulations paying special attention to:
• Confidentiality
• Conflict of Interest
• Data Protection
• Equal Opportunities
• Financial Regulations
• Health and Safety
• Information Technology
• Smoking
• Private Engagements and Register of Interests

They must also undertake specific training and assume responsibility for safety relevant to specific roles, as set out on the College Website Health and Safety Structure and Responsibilities page.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.
http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, 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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