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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.

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: 26 Oct 2014

Post-doctoral Research vacancies

Research Associate in Hydrogen Supply Chain Systems and Optimisation

Professor Lazaros Papageorgiou (UCL Chemical Engineering) and Dr Paolo Agnolucci (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) are looking for a skilled postdoctoral researcher with ample experience in supply chain systems and optimisation methods, to work on a project to assess the potential value of hydrogen supply infrastructure as well identify the optimum deployment of infrastructure across the UK, as part of a grant funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The post is funded for 21 months in the first instance and is available now.

The candidate should have a PhD degree in Engineering, with experience in process modelling and demonstrated skills in using hydrogen supply chain systems and/or optimisation methods.

Further vacancy details can be found here.

Closing date: 20 Nov 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

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

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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