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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.

Senior Finance Administrator (PhD students and Research),

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Finance Administrator to join the administrative team in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The appointee will be joining an expanding, vigorous and forward looking Department that is committed to the highest standards of teaching and research.

This role holder will support the Department’s research administration and finance activities. They will take responsibility for setting up and monitoring grants, the timely reporting of financial information and coordinating the administration of the Department’s research-related activities, including the day-to-day running of the postgraduate research programme.

Key Requirements

We are looking for an efficient and flexible senior administrator with experience of financial management in the Higher Education sector. Applicants will have well rounded IT skills and excellent oral and written communication skills enabling the post holder to liaise and interact with a variety of people at all levels of the university.

The successful candidate will have a high level of numeracy with the ability to understand and interpret a variety of figures and statistics. We are seeking a person who is highly reliable, with proven ability to meet tight deadlines and manage own workload.

Excellent supervisory skills including the ability to provide motivation and direction to a team, setting objectives, allocating tasks and monitoring workloads and performance are essential.

Further Details

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact: Mrs Sophie Lo (sophie.lo@ucl.ac.uk). If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Miss Agata Blaszczyk, (a.blaszczyk@ucl.ac.uk).

Closing Date :-21 Jan 2015
Interview date :- To be confirmed

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Post-doctoral Research vacancies

Research Associate - Computational (Bio-)physical Chemistry

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering. The post holder will be required to carry out computational and analytical theoretical research to help unravel the mechanisms behind nano-confinment effects witnessed experimentally in biological and bio-inspired materials, and to design bio-inspired catalysts and separation systems for chemical, pharmaceutical and medical applications.

The Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering seeks to discover fundamental mechanisms behind desirable features in certain biological systems, like scalability, robustness and efficiency, and apply these to the development of technological solutions to challenges related to sustainability and scalable manufacturing. The Centre utilises the 'nature-inspired chemical engineering' (NICE) methodology developed in the Coppens group and leverages this in collaboration with other relevant UCL Science and Engineering departments.

The post is funded for three years in the first instance.

Applicants should hold a PhD in biophysics, physical chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field. Theoretical and computational skills are essential, as is experience in molecular simulations, statistical mechanics and PDE-based modelling.
The post requires excellent communication skills, and the ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences. The successful candidate will be expected to have experience of multi-disciplinary working, including initiating research with a complementary technique.

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Closing date: 6 Jan 2015

PhD studentships

Fully funded PhD studentship available for UK or EU students

PhD Studentship in Nanoparticle-Based Chemical Sensing

The Department of Chemical Engineering at
University College London (UCL) is seeking a graduate student to work on
nanoparticle-based chemical sensing. The project will be centred on the
development of gold nanoparticles with specific receptor sites to allow
for molecular recognition and characterisation of nanoparticle-analyte
interaction by a variety of characterisation techniques. Potential
applications are promising and range from point of care drug monitoring
to contamination detection in drinking water.

The candidate will have or be expected to obtain a first degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science or an associated discipline. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment that tackles questions across various fields of nanoscience is expected. A comprehensive knowledge in physical and analytical chemistry and related fields is desirable, as is previous research experience in nanoparticle synthesis and characterisation or related fields. Effective written and verbal communication, good time-management and the ability to work in a team are essential.

Please note that due to funding restrictions the post is open to UK/EU citizens only. Further details about the studentship are available at the bottom of this page. PhD application forms can be downloaded or completed online at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study  under “How to Apply”. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Dr Stefan Guldin, (s.guldin@ucl.ac.uk).

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Closing date: 15 Jan 2015

PhD Studentship in Soft Matter-Directed Materials Assembly

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking a graduate student to work on soft matter-directed material assembly. The project will be centred on the study of structure formation by soft matter self-assembly and translation into inorganic porous thin film architectures. The work will be carried out in collaboration with BASF, the largest chemical company in the world. Applications are widespread and range from electrode architectures in photovoltaics and batteries to solar fuels and anti reflective optical coatings.

The candidate will have or be expected to obtain a first degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or an associated discipline. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment that tackles questions across various fields of nanoscience is expected. A comprehensive knowledge in supramolecular chemistry and related fields is desirable, as is previous research experience in polymer science, sol-gel chemistry, thin film processing, optical spectroscopy and/or small angle x-ray scattering. Effective written and verbal communication, good time-management and the ability to work in a team are essential.

Please note that due to funding restrictions the post is open to UK/EU citizens only.
Further details about the studentship are available at the bottom of this page.
PhD application forms can be downloaded or completed online at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study  under “How to Apply”. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Dr Stefan Guldin, (s.guldin@ucl.ac.uk).

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Closing date: 15 Jan 2015

Fully funded PhD studentship available for UK or EU students

PhD CASE Studentship in Nuclear Materials Processing

DEVELOPMENT OF A PYROCHEMICAL PROCESS FOR THE CONVERSION OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS

Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL), Department of Chemical Engineering, UCL, London, UK

AWE, Aldermaston, UK

Project Description

The UK is a leading international centre of excellence in innovative research for national nuclear security through the AWE. Electrochemical routes for the processing of materials have great potential across a broad range of nuclear applications and the UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) specialise in developing novel processes and technologies. Together, the AWE and EIL present an exciting Ph.D. project at the interface between nuclear materials and electrochemical reactor engineering that will deliver multi-kg electrochemical reduction of PuO2 using an electrochemical pyrochemical process based on a fluidised bed reactor concept [1].

This fully funded EPSRC CASE studentship offers an excellent training / research opportunity for a talented scientist or engineer with an interest in materials and electrochemical processing to be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers. It is also an excellent introduction to the nuclear industry and expanding academic research base in the UK.

The project will seek to understand and optimise the electrochemical reduction and its sensitivity to process conditions. It will require the development of novel cells e.g. a ‘fluidised bed’ reactor and designs for oxygen evolution and anode separation. It will also require study of the solid-state micro- and nano-structural evolution of the oxide/metal mixed phase using our suite of 3D X-ray microscopes.

Research will be based in our state-of-the-art electrochemical technology laboratories at UCL, with some work, including live experiments, at the internationally leading AWE laboratories in Aldermaston.

[1] Abdulaziz, R., Brown, L.D., Inman, D., Simons, S., Shearing, P.R., Brett, D.J.L., Novel fluidised cathode approach for the electrochemical reduction of tungsten oxide in molten LiCl-KCl eutectic, Electrochem. Comm. 41, 2014, 44-46.

Eligibility

The successful applicant must hold a 1st, 2:1 (and or M.Sc.) in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline (e.g. chemical engineering, chemistry, physics). Please note that due to funding restrictions the post is open to UK/EU citizens only. The EPSRC CASE award is available for 3.5 years £17.5k pa (tax free) and covers all tuition fees. There is no closing date, the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found, so we recommend that you apply by sending a CV and cover letter via e-mail to Dr. Dan Brett as soon as possible (d.brett@ucl.ac.uk).

Primary Ph.D. supervision will be performed by Dr. Dan Brett and Dr. Paul Shearing at UCL with Dr. Arfon Jones as the Industrial Supervisor at AWE.

About the Electrochemical Innovation Lab

The Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) is a cross-faculty mechanism for accelerating impact, innovation, enterprise and research in electrochemical science and engineering. The scope of research in the EIL encompasses electrochemical science and engineering in the areas of:

· Mechanistic understanding of fundamental processes

· Discovery and advanced manufacturing techniques of materials for electrochemical applications

· Device design and development

· Systems development and demonstration

· Modelling and optimisation

The EIL’s approach is to embody scientific, engineering and commercial thinking in the research phase. In this way the EIL identifies commercial opportunities early, considers the engineering and commercial implications of the science and builds research programmes to accelerate the science into commercial products.

The EIL is very well equipped with a range of fabrication, test and analysis equipment, providing one of the best research environments for electrochemical technology development in the world.

www.ucl.ac.uk/electrochemical-innovation-lab

About the AWE

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom. AWE is the home of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, where we build and maintain warheads for Trident, a submarine-launched ballistic missile. The company has been at the forefront of the UK nuclear deterrence programme for more than 60 years, delivering to the UK Government, providing innovative solutions to national nuclear security and supporting the Continuous At Sea Deterrence (CASD). We are a centre of scientific and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world.

www.awe.co.uk

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

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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