UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


We're hiring: RA in Polymer Degradation Chemistry Applied to Plastic Museum Artefacts

26 May 2017

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage are seeking to recruit an RA in Polymer Degradation Chemistry Applied to Plastic Museum Artefacts.

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UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage champions interdisciplinary research, bridging science, arts and humanities to lead the advance and recognition of the value of cultural heritage. The post holder will undertake research focussed on understanding chemical and physical degradation processes within plastic artefacts in museums, as part of the ERC Starting Grant funded project “COMPLEX: The Degradation of Complex Modern Polymeric Objects in Heritage Collections: A System Dynamics Approach”. This will include accelerated degradation experiments and material characterisation and is in collaboration with Tate and the Museum of London. The post is for 4 years in the first instance, further funding to support the post may be available.

Key Requirements

The post holder should hold a PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or a related field. They should have experience with material analysis and characterisation techniques such as FTIR, XRF, GC/MS, SEM, DSC, TGA. They should have the ability to conduct high quality research and a track record of high quality publication in scientific journals.

Further details

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact: bseer-recruitment@ucl.ac.uk 
If you have specific questions about the role please contact Dr Katherine Curran: k.curran@ucl.ac.uk

Closing Date: 25 Jun 2017
Interview date: TBC

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