Research Associate in Physical Chemistry of Adsorption of Lignin
Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering
United Kingdom

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Associate to work in the Tomorrow’s Chemical Technology Lab led by Dr Roberto Rinaldi. With this research, we want to understand the molecular interactions between lignin and surfaces. You will carry out fundamental research on the physical chemistry of adsorption of aromatic polymers and molecules on solids. Lignin is the second most abundant biopolymer and the sole source of...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01326
  • Date posted 15 July 2020
  • Closing date 16 August 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Associate to work in the Tomorrow’s Chemical Technology Lab led by Dr Roberto Rinaldi. With this research, we want to understand the molecular interactions between lignin and surfaces.

You will carry out fundamental research on the physical chemistry of adsorption of aromatic polymers and molecules on solids. Lignin is the second most abundant biopolymer and the sole source of renewable functionalized aromatics on Earth. Processes for extraction and isolation of lignins from plant biomass render lignin product mixtures of varying complexity.

Your work will contribute to the better understanding of the physical-chemical process involved in the adsorption of lignin on solids, providing in-depth insight for the rational design of heterogeneous catalysis as well as lignin fractionation methods. The post is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 725762, LIGNINFIRST.

Duties and responsibilities

    • You will work on fractionation of lignin by preparative gel permeation chromatography and other methods to prepare well-defined lignin fractions;
    • You will carry out calorimetry experiments to study the adsorption energetics of lignin fractions on organic and inorganic solids;
    • You will undertake research on lignin conversion by catalytic hydrotreatment;
    • You will manage your research data and prepare internal reports according to internal guidelines;
    • You will present your results in internal group seminars;
    • You will participate in relevant workshops and conferences to present outstanding research findings;
    • You will prepare manuscripts to disseminate the research results in high impact journals;
    • You will perform any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as directed by the supervisor.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a closely related discipline

Or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience in Adsorption of Lignin.

You must also meet the following criteria:

  • Sound knowledge on physical-chemical processes of adsorption of organic molecules on solids suspended in a liquid phase;
  • Experience of preparative and analytical liquid chromatography (including gel permeation chromatography);
  • Experience of analysis of complex product mixtures by gas chromatography techniques (including gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry);
  • Experience of methods for characterization of lignins;
  • Experience of isothermal titration calorimetry;
  • Experience of characterization of solids employed as adsorbents and catalysts;
  • Demonstrated experience in best practices in chemical research and data-keeping;
  • Excellent writing skills and experience of writing publications in scientific journals;.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 to £38,566 per annum.

Maximum salary on appointment £41,938 per annum

The post is available from 1st of October 2020 for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Roberto Rinaldi (rrinaldi@ic.ac.uk).

To apply, please select the "Apply now" button at the top of this page. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 16th August 2020

Should you have any queries about the application process, please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk


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