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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.

Postdoctoral vacancies

Research Associate

UCL Chemical Engineering is a world-leading centre for research in electrochemical technology. An appointment is sought for a post-doctoral researcher to examine Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

The successful applicant will join the Electrochemical Innovation Lab, an established group which has benefited from a recent EPSRC capital award for grid scale storage which makes available a suite of dedicated facilities relevant to this project, including a world leading suite of X-ray microscopy and tomography equipment.

The appointment is available for 34 months in the first instance.

You should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Chemical / Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry or Physics, or a closely related discipline and with an undergraduate degree (2(i) minimum) or M.Sc. in a relevant field. You must be motivated, independent and hard-working with a strong research/technical background in areas relevant to this project, such as energy materials, materials characterisation, X-ray tomography, focused ion beam microscopy and image analysis. Peer reviewed publications in relevant fields are a requirement.

Further details can be found here.

Closing date: 25th May 2015

Research Associate

The position is advertised by the Adaptive & Responsive Nanomaterials Group led by Dr Stefan Guldin, which is a new research team based at the Department of Chemical Engineering. The group maintains close links to the Department of Physics, the Department of Chemistry and the London Centre for Nanotechnology. Funding is provided by an EU H2020 initiative on personalised health care titled “Point-of-care microfluidic device for quantification of chemotherapeutic drugs in small body fluid samples by highly selective nanoparticle extraction and liquid crystal detection”, with a total budget of € 5.3M and an international consortium that includes universities, university hospitals and industrial partners.

The main aim will be to understand molecular design rules for the solubility of gold nanoparticles in liquid crystals and exploit these for the development of a point-of-care detection platform for chemotherapeutic drugs. Core tasks will include the synthesis of liquid crystal molecules as well as the identification and rationalisation of solubility parameters for ligand-shell mediated anoparticle-stimuli interactions.

The post is funded for 12 months in the first instance. Further funding for the post may be available.

Further details can be found here

Closing date: 1 May 2015

PhD studentships

Fully funded PhD studentship available for UK or EU students

PhD Studentship in Liquid Crystal - Nanoparticle Interaction

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking a graduate student to work in the broad area of optically active nanomaterials. The project will be centred on the study of interplay between gold nanoparticles and liquid crystals and involve nanoparticle synthesis as well as material characterisation by advanced microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. Potential applications are promising and range from sensing of drugs and toxins to metamaterials and optical switches.

The candidate will have or be expected to obtain a first degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or an associated discipline. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment that tackles questions across various fields of nanoscience is preconditioned. A comprehensive knowledge in soft matter, nanoparticles, optics and microscopy is desirable, as is previous research experience in related fields. An interest in designing modular experimental set-ups and controlling data acquisition and processing by software such as Matlab and Igor is expected. Furthermore, 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. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Dr Stefan Guldin, (s.guldin@ucl.ac.uk).

Please apply via the UCL’s online opportunity portal PRiSM

Further details can be found here.

Closing date: 1st May 2015

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

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 are available here.

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 Professor Alberto Striolo, (a.striolo@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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