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Departmental Vacancies

There are various opportunities for working here and the department employs academic, research, secretarial and technical staff, and frequently has funded PhD and Research Associate positions available. Current vacancies are listed below.

Post-doctoral Research vacancies

Research Associate in Hydrogen Supply Chain Systems and Optimisation

Professor Lazaros Papageorgiou (UCL Chemical Engineering) and Dr Paolo Agnolucci (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) are looking for a skilled postdoctoral researcher with ample experience in supply chain systems and optimisation methods, to work on a project to assess the potential value of hydrogen supply infrastructure as well identify the optimum deployment of infrastructure across the UK, as part of a grant funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The post is available for 21 months in the first instance from 1 November 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The candidate should have a PhD degree in Engineering, with experience in process modelling and demonstrated skills in using hydrogen supply chain systems and/or optimisation methods.

Further vacancy details can be found here.

If you have any queries about the vacancy, please contact Prof Lazaros Papageorgiou, l.papageorgiou@ucl.ac.uk, or Dr Paolo Agnolucci p.agnolucci@ucl.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 25 Aug 2014

Research Associate in Coarse Graining of Stochastic Models of Heterogeneous Catalysts

The research group of Dr Michail Stamatakis at the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL is looking for a skilled and creative postdoctoral researcher with ample experience in dynamic/kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, statistical mechanics, and mean-field modelling, to work on the development and application of coarse-graining methods for the description of heterogeneous catalytic processes at the mesoscopic scale. This project on the topic of “Accurate and Computationally Efficient Models for Virtual Catalyst Design” is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The post is available immediately.

The candidate should be creative and knowledgeable, with an ability to look across conventional disciplinary borders. A Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics/chemistry, chemical engineering, applied mathematics or related field is essential, as well as a strong fundamental background and demonstrated skills in developing theoretical methods, preferably related to catalysis applications.

Further vacancy details can be found here.

If you have any queries regarding the project or the application process, please contact Dr Michail Stamatakis, m.stamatakis@ucl.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 31 Aug 2014

Professional Services vacancies

Chemical Engineering Project Officer

The post-holder will act as Co-ordinator for the recently launched EPSRC Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering, providing administrative support to relevant academic staff and key stakeholders, and will manage the set-up, coordination and expansion of the EPSRC Centre activities. They will be the first point of contact for the Centre and will be responsible for all aspects of the Centre’s operational and administrative business.

The post-holder will also work with the Departmental Manager and other members of the Departmental academic and administrative team to support research administration in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

The position is currently available for five years in the first instance.

Applicants must have extensive project management experience and expert knowledge of funding bodies and grants. The post-holder is expected to be a self-starter with the ability to enable collaborative working amongst a wide range of participating stakeholders. They will be a proficient negotiator with strong interpersonal, communication, and problem solving skills.

Further post details can be found here.

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy please contact Sophie Lo at sophie.lo@ucl.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 27 Aug 2014

PhD studentships

For general PhD information, contact the Postgraduate Administrator Mrs Pattie Markey

1. Fully funded PhD studentship available for UK or EU students

CFD modelling of dust in the built environment: sources, transport and deposition

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) at University College London, University of Oxford and University of Brighton (www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk), in collaboration with Dyson Ltd. and the National Trust, are seeking applications for one fully-funded studentship on the topic “CFD modelling of dust in the built environment: sources, transport and deposition”. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the Centre for Doctoral Training and co-funded by Dyson Ltd., this four-year doctoral research programme will be supervised jointly by UCL Department of Chemical Engineering (www.ucl.ac.uk/chemeng/), UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage (www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/graduate/csh/csh-home/), Dyson Ltd. (www.careers.dyson.com/rdd/default.aspx) and the National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/).

This exciting and challenging project will address the processes of ingress, generation, transport, deposition and resuspension of particulate matter, particularly in domestic and heritage indoor environments, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as well as extensive monitoring. This will lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of particulate matter and of the evolution of its concentration in air, as well as its accumulation on surfaces, associated with maintenance costs. The project is supported by Dyson Ltd and has been developed in collaboration with the National trust.

The research project will require the use of state-of-the-art modelling and monitoring methods: fluid-dynamic models, CFD simulations, particulate matter and environmental monitoring will need to be developed and set up in case-study environments. The experimental data will be used to validate the models. This highly cross-disciplinary project will enable you to seek employment in a number of diverse environments: from academia to engineering and industry.

The candidate will have or be expected to obtain an excellent first degree in a relevant discipline: preferably chemical engineering, but also other engineering subjects, chemistry or material science. Specific interest in or some pre-existing knowledge of CFD is desirable.

The SEAHA Studentship will cover home fees and a stipend of up to a maximum of £16,726 per year (current rate) for eligible applicants (www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/opportunities/eligibility-criteria/), and a substantial budget for research, travel and cohort activities.

Further information about the project and about how to apply can be found at http://www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/opportunities/.

For further details you can also contact Dr. Luca Mazzei, l.mazzei@ucl.ac.uk.

Closing date: When filled

2. Fully funded PhD studentship available for UK or EU students

Continuous Microfluidic Crystallisation for the Synthesis of Nanoparticles 

There is a real need to develop universal, efficient and potentially scalable methods to reproducibly and stably engineer nanomaterials with controllable particle size, size distribution, morphology and high yield. Thus, the scope of the research project is to investigate continuous flow nanoparticle synthesis using conventional heating as well as microwave irradiation to synthesise reproducibly high quality nanoparticles. Another, longer term objective is to pave the way for understanding the mechanism of nucleation and growth, in order to control shape, size and composition of nanoparticles. The researcher will be expected to design and commission microchannel devices to achieve crystallisation under continuous flow conditions. Characterisation will be performed by particle size analysis equipment, TEM, XRD, DLS. Mathematical modelling of crystallisation will be employed to address aspects such as hydrodynamics, nucleation/growth kinetics.
The candidate should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class MEng, MSc or equivalent degree in Chemical Engineering or related discipline.

For enquires please contact Prof Asterios Gavriilidis: a.gavriilidis@ucl.ac.uk

Closing date: When filled

3. Fully funded PhD studentship available for UK or EU students

Fluid Transport through Shale Rocks

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking an enthusiastic Graduate Student to work on the general area of fluid transport through shale formations. We are particularly interested in multi-phase flow. Most of the research will be based on molecular simulations (at the atomistic level, using equilibrium and non-equilibrium molecular dynamics algorithms). Permeation experiments will be carried out in collaboration with the earth Sciences Department at UCL, and characterization experiments on shale rocks will be carried out in collaboration with Halliburton. The position is supported by a close collaboration with industry. As such the successful candidate is expected to intern with Halliburton for up to 2 months per year (during the summer).

The candidate will have or is expected to soon obtain a first degree in Chemical Engineering or an associated discipline. The candidate should have experience in programming short codes in Fortran, C, or similar languages. In the application the candidate should demonstrate his/her ability to analyse, develop and solve open-ended engineering problems. The successful candidate is expected to work in collaboration with a team of master students, and to interact in multi-disciplinary environments. He/she should be able to manage time and work to deadlines.

Desirable qualifications include a demonstrated knowledge of thermodynamics, natural gas and gaseous mixtures, molecular simulation techniques, UNIX language, and prior research and/or industrial experience.

PhD application forms can be completed online at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study under “How to Apply”.

For enquires please contact Prof Alberto Striolo: a.striolo@ucl.ac.uk

Closing date: When filled

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