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.

Academic vacancies

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Department at UCL is an internationally renowned department within one of the most prestigious universities in the world; it currently has 23 academic members, a number of Honorary members of staff, including Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as the Ramsay Memorial Chair.

The successful candidate will be expected to complement research and education in the department, as well as to establish and lead a vigorous externally funded research programme of international standing. The candidate's research should use innovative fundamental tools to aid in the engineering of new functional materials and processes, showing leadership in facilitating interdisciplinary links, and strengthening Centre efforts and collaborations, as well as initiate new directions that fit the aforementioned strategy.

The post is available from February 2015.

The ideal candidate will have an outstanding track record in research and have teaching experience in chemical engineering or a cognate discipline. A first degree and a PhD in Chemical Engineering or related discipline are required. The candidate will be expected to engage with industrial and other partners to develop our translational research agenda. An important strategic direction of the Department is working at the interfaces with other science and engineering disciplines to support innovation and evidence of this in candidates will be a significant advantage. All appropriate support will be made available to the appointee to incorporate his or her research programme into the Department.

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Closing date: 3 Oct 2014

Post-doctoral Research vacancies

Research Associate in Carbon Capture and Storage: CO2 Pipelines

Applications are invited for the post of a postdoctoral research associate to work as part of an international team of academics and industrialists on the European Commission CO2QUEST project on Carbon Capture and Sequestration coordinated by Professor Mahgerefteh at University College London (UCL). The successful candidate will focus on the development of mathematical models to be validated by comparison with experimental test data for predicting the pipeline design and operating requirements to enable the safe and economical pressurised pipeline transportation of the captured CO2 for subsequent offshore or onshore storage.

The post is available from 15th October 2014 for one year in the first instance but may be extended by further 12 months depending on the progress of the project.

Applicants must be PhD qualified with expertise in computational fluid dynamics, particularly multiphase flows, material science, computer programming. Practical experience in the above mentioned areas is desirable. Good communication and presentation skills including a reasonable publication track record are essential.

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Closing date: 1 Oct 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

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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