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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.

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Coarse-Grained Simulation of Emulsions

The Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) is seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the general area of solid-stabilized emulsions. Most of the research will be based on coarse-grained molecular simulations (using dissipative particle dynamics or similar techniques), although theoretical interpretations are expected and experiments are also encouraged. The position might lead to a close collaboration with industry.

The post is funded for 1 year in the first instance and is available as of February 2015.

The candidate will have or is expected to soon obtain a Ph.D. degree in biophysics, physical chemistry, chemical engineering or a closely related discipline. Please note the successful applicant must either have already completed a doctorate, or have submitted his or her thesis prior to taking up the post. The candidate should have experience in programming short codes in Fortran, C, or similar languages. The candidate should have demonstrated familiarity with simulation codes and algorithms (GROMACS, LAMMPS, or similar). In the application the candidate should demonstrate their ability to analyse, develop and solve open-ended engineering problems. They should be able to manage time and work to deadlines. The successful candidate is also expected to have first authorship in high impact scientific journals.

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Closing date: 20 Dec 2014

Research Associate - 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 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 funded for 2 years in the first instance and is available immediately.

The candidate should be creative and knowledgeable, with an ability to look across conventional disciplinary borders and extensive experience in dynamic/kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, statistical mechanics, and mean-field modelling.
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 related to catalysis applications. The applicant must either have already completed a doctorate, or have submitted his or her thesis prior to taking up the post.

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Closing date: 12 Dec 2014

PhD studentships

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

Fully funded PhD studentship available for UK or EU students

PhD in process modelling and optimisation for the nuclear fuel cycle

Applications are invited for a PhD funding opportunity in UCL Chemical Engineering for a January 2015 start. The studentship will be part of a multi-disciplinary project with partners at a number of UK universities. In this project, we will be modelling intensified separations as part of the reprocessing cycle in nuclear power generation. The aim is to develop a full system model to identify optimal process configurations. The student will be expected to interact with the other partners and, in particular, with the University of Leeds.

The studentship covers tuition fees plus a stipend based on the standard UK Research Council rate with London weighting. Please note that due to funding restrictions 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 requirement for admission for the MPhil/PhD in Chemical Engineering is a Master’s degree with merit or distinction in Chemical Engineering, Mathematics or a related quantitative discipline. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard are also acceptable. 

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

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Closing date: 10 Dec 2014

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

Fully funded PhD studentship available for UK or EU students

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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