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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 (MEMPHIS project)

Applications are invited for a research associate position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL. The main role will be to carry out experimental investigations of multiphase flows. This post will be funded by a £5M Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-funded Programme Grant in multiphase flows which brings together world-leading scientists from four prestigious institutions: Imperial College, Birmingham, Nottingham, and University College London.

The purpose of the project will be to carry out a series of focussed experiments on individual and combined multiphase flow phenomena in microfluidic and larger channel/pipe geometries which will be used to validate and drive forward state of the art numerical models developed by the project partners and to provide input into design of experiments. The experimental work will involve application of optical diagnostic methods on small and large scale geometries, with an additional aim of developing routes to create novel multiphase structures which can be exploited by our industrial partners. It will be expected that the post holder will interact closely with the numerical component of the Programme, carried out at all the participating universities, in order to validate, and update the numerical tools, and to provide input into the design of experiments. It will be required that the post holder will interact very closely with the other researchers of the Multiphase Flow group members at UCL and with the researchers in the other participating universities. The post holder will be expected to assist in the management of the project at UCL.

The post is funded for 2.5 years in the first instance and is available from March 2015.

The successful candidate should hold a first degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Physics or a closely related discipline. PhD or equivalent relevant to the research area of multiphase flow or fluid mechanics and application of optical flow diagnostics, particularly PIV is essential. The successful applicant must either already hold a PhD, or have submitted their thesis prior to taking up the post.

The appointee will have a strong background in fluid mechanics and multiphase flows, experimental measurements and analysis of data. Knowledge and experience of optical flow diagnostics (PIV) is required, as is the ability to program in MATLAB and other programming languages.

Further details can be found here.

Closing date: 28th Feb 2015

Research Associate

Applications are invited by highly talented researchers for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position funded by the EPSRC Grant: “Fluid Processes in Smart Microengineered Devices: Hydrodynamics and Thermodynamics in Microspace” under the supervision of Prof Asterios Gavriilidis and Prof Eva Sorensen.
The project is concerned with the investigation of hydrodynamics in microengineered devices in the presence of complexities such as vapour-liquid interfaces and critical phenomena such as phase transitions. The project is a collaboration with the theoretical and modelling group of Prof Serafim Kalliadasis and Prof Amparo Galindo (Chemical Engineering, Imperial College) and Dr Marc Pradas (Open University). The work at UCL will involve design, fabrication and commissioning of microfluidic devices and execution of experimental studies of hydrodynamics, mass and heat transfer, and separations in continuous flow microchannel contactors.
The post is available immediately and funded for 1 year in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available.

The successful candidate should hold or be about to receive a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a cognate discipline. Applicants must have knowledge and research experience in at least two of the following: microfludics, microprocess engineering, microfabrication, multiphase flows. An interest or expertise in separations, high speed imaging and fluid dynamics are desirable.

Further details can be found here.

Closing date: 28th Feb 2015

Research Associate

UCL Chemical Engineering is a world-leading centre for research in electrochemical technology and hosts the UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab. An appointment is sought for a post-doctoral researcher to develop fuel diagnostic techniques for fuel cells and batteries as part of an EPSRC funded project.

In the first instance, the appointment is available for 35 months.

The project will utilise a combination of electrochemical testing with 3D X-ray tomography to examine the internal workings of fuel cells and batteries for use in advanced electric vehicles of the future.

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 successful candidate should hold (or shortly expect to obtain) a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely related discipline. You must be motivated, independent and hard-working with a strong research/technical background in areas relevant to this project, such as electrochemical measurements, advanced fuel cell diagnostic techniques; design, build and test of electrochemical systems.

Further details can be found here.

Closing date: 4th Feb 2015

Research Associate

CL Chemical Engineering is a world-leading centre for research in electrochemical technology and hosts the UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab. An appointment is sought for a post-doctoral researcher to develop the use of graphitic carbon nitride based materials for application in fuel cells and other electrochemical power devices as part of a European Union funded project involving UCL and Imperial College London.

In the first instance, the appointment is available for 12 months.
The project will take advantage of the remarkable properties of graphitic carbon nitride materials to make catalysts and electrodes for use in fuel cell devices and other power sources.

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. The project is part of the EU Graphene Flagship and led by Prof. Paul McMillan (UCL, Chemistry) with collaborators from Imperial College London.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering / Chemistry, or a closely related discipline. You must be motivated, independent and hard-working with a strong research/technical background in areas relevant to this project, such as electrocatalyst formulation and characterisation, electrochemical measurements and fuel cell testing. Experience of working with graphitic carbon nitride materials is a highly desirable.

Further details can be found here.

Closing date: 4th Feb 2015

PhD studentships

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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