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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.

PhD studentships

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

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

Two PhD Studentships - Routes to nanoparticle and printed coatings for industrial printed electronic applications

Applications are invited for two PhD funding opportunities in UCL Chemical Engineering for a September 2014 start. The studentships will be part of a multi-disciplinary project with UCL Chemical Engineering, UCL Chemistry and with Chemistry and the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University. This project seeks to develop routes to nanoparticle and printed coatings of technologically important materials for industrial printed electronic applications as part of a large University-Industry consortium. In Chemical Engineering, we will be looking at the process design elements, including scale-up, supply chain and life cycle analysis. The project will involve a combination of modelling and experimental work along with interactions with a number of industrial partners. The requirement for admission for the MPhil/PhD in Chemical Engineering is a Master's degree with merit or distinction in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics or a related quantitative discipline. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard are also acceptable.

The studentships cover tuition fees plus a stipend based on the standard UK Research Council rate with London weighting. This studentship may only be awarded to applicants liable to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The procedure for determining one's tuition fee status is outlined on the UCL website.

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

For further information, please contact Professor Eric S Fraga (e.fraga@ucl.ac.uk) or Professor Panagiota Angeli (p.angeli@ucl.ac.uk), Department of Chemical Engineering, UCL (University College London).

Closing date: 23 May 2014

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

PhD Studentship in Thermodynamics of Shale Gas

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking an enthusiastic Graduate Student to work on the general area of thermodynamics of fluid mixtures confined in shale formations, and on their transport properties. Most of the research will be based on molecular simulations (at the atomistic level, using molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo algorithms), although experiments are also encouraged. The position might lead to a close collaboration with industry.

The candidate will have or is expected to soon obtain an excellent 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. 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.

Please note that due to funding restrictions the post is open to UK/EU citizens only.

Further details about the studentship can be found here.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Professor Alberto Striolo, (a.striolo@ucl.ac.uk).

Closing date: 1st May 2014

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

PhD Studentship in flow characteristics and separation properties of liquid-liquid dispersions

The flow of two immiscible liquids, oil and water, is common in the petroleum industry. At high flow velocities dispersions form. The energy requirements for pumping the fluids are dependent on the rheology of the dispersion while the subsequent separation of the phases is affected by the size of the dispersed drops. The aim of the project is to gain fundamental understanding of the flow characteristics of liquid-liquid dispersions in pipes and their separation behaviour and to develop predictive models for flow assurance applications. The project is partly funded by industry. The experimental studies will be carried out in the Multiphase Flow Lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL, which is equipped with state-of-the art facilities and instrumentation for the study of two-phase flows.

The candidate will have or be expected to obtain an excellent first degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or related subject area. Specific interest or previous work on multiphase flows, laser based flow diagnostics and flow imaging would be an advantage.

The studentships cover tuition fees plus a stipend based on the standard UK Research Council rate with London weighting. This studentship may only be awarded to applicants liable to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The procedure for determining one's tuition fee status is outlined on the UCL website.

The duration of the studentship is for 3 years starting from September 2014.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Panagiota Angeli p.angeli@ucl.ac.uk.

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

Closing date: When filled

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

PhD Studentship in Thermodynamics of Hydrates Formation

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking an enthusiastic Graduate Student to work on the general area of thermodynamics of gas hydrates and on the kinetics of their formation. Most of the research will be based on molecular simulations (at the atomistic level, using molecular dynamics or Monte Carlo algorithms), although experiments are also encouraged. The position may lead to a close collaboration with industry.

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. He/she should be able to manage time and work to deadlines. Desirable qualifications include a demonstrated knowledge of thermodynamics, hydrates and their properties, molecular simulation techniques, UNIX language, and prior research and/or industrial experience. Due to funding restrictions the post is open to UK/EU citizens only.

Further details can be found here.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Professor Alberto Striolo, (a.striolo@ucl.ac.uk).

Closing date: 1st May 2014

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

PhD studentship on two-phase flows in small channels (MEMPHIS project)

The Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London (UCL), is seeking a Graduate Student for studies on two-phase flows involving immiscible liquids.

The project is part of a £5 Million EPSRC Programme Grant: ‘MEMPHIS: Multiscale Examination of Multiphase Physics in Flows’, which harnesses the synergy between world-leading scientists from four prestigious institutions: Imperial College, Birmingham, Nottingham, and University College London. The ultimate aim is to create the next generation modelling tools for complex multiphase flows. The PhD position involves a programme of focussed, multi-scale experiments on multiphase flows to validate and update numerical codes. The industrial partners on the programme are BP, Procter & Gamble, Chevron, Johnson Matthey, Statoil, CD-Adapco.

For more information see at http://memphis-multiphase.org/

The studentship will focus on the study of two-phase flows in small channels using high speed imaging and particle image velocimetry. Results from targeted experiments will help formulate the models being developed in MEMPHIS.

The candidate will have or be expected to obtain an excellent first degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or related subject area. Specific interest or previous work on multiphase flows, laser based flow diagnostics, flow imaging and microfluidics would be an advantage.

The studentships cover tuition fees plus a stipend based on the standard UK Research Council rate with London weighting. This studentship may only be awarded to applicants liable to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The procedure for determining one's tuition fee status is outlined on the UCL website.

The duration of the studentship is for 3 years starting from September 2014.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Panagiota Angeli p.angeli@ucl.ac.uk.

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

Closing date: When filled

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

PhD Studentship in Molecular Modelling of Nanoporous Materials

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking an enthusiastic Graduate Student to work on the molecular modelling of nanoporous materials.

The project will involve the development of novel QM/MM (Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics) modelling approaches for the study of nanoporous materials in environmental separations, catalytic processes and gas storage. Potential areas of application include CO2 capture, hydrogen storage and water purification. This project will be carried out in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Amsterdam.

The post holder will be required to carry out computational research on the development of novel QM/MM (Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics) approaches applicable to the study of nanoporous materials in environmental separations, catalytic processes and gas storage. The post holder will also write-up and present the results.

The candidate will have or be expected to obtain an excellent first degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or an associated discipline. Ability to analyse and solve open-ended engineering problems and develop simulation methodologies is essential. Since the project will involve scientific code development, demonstrated programming with C language is desirable. Previous experience in molecular modelling methods (e.g. Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo, Quantum Chemical Calculations) is desirable but not required. Effective written and verbal communication skills, time-management skills and ability to work in a team are also important. Due to funding restrictions the post is open to UK/EU citizens only.

Further details can be found here.

For enquires please contact Dr Ozgur Yazaydin: ozgur.yazaydin@ucl.ac.uk

Closing date: 30th April 2014

7. 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

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