Chemical Engineering


Hugh Walter Stern PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering

Department:             Chemical Engineering
Minimum Stipend:    Circa £16,300 stipend + UK/EU/Overseas fees
Start Date:               The successful candidate is expected to start in October 2017

The successful candidate will carry out research in the general area of Chemical Engineering through the application of Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering. The successful candidate is expected to supervise undergraduate students and to interact in a multi-disciplinary environment. The post holder is required to write-up the results for reports and journal publication, and present them at conferences.


•    To carry out research in an area of Chemical Engineering.
•    To mentor and collaborate with a cohort of undergraduate students as well as team work with research colleagues.
•    To travel and visit collaborators, as and when required.
•    To prepare and present research findings to colleagues for review and collaboration purposes.
•    To contribute to the drafting and submission of articles to appropriate peer reviewed journals and to progress reports as required.
•    To contribute to the overall activities of the research team and department as required.
•    To contribute to the induction and direction of other students as requested.
•    The successful candidate will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the post as requested by the line manager or Head of Department/Division.
•    The successful candidate will actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies.
•    The successful candidate will maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.


Knowledge and Qualifications

ESSENTIAL: Have or expected to obtain a first degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or associated discipline.


•    Proficiency in conducting scientific experiments.
•    Ability to analyse, develop and solve open-ended research problems.
•    Ability to manage time and work to deadlines.
•    Effective written and verbal communication skills (in English).

•    Attention to detail.


•    Ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences.
•    Willingness to work at interdisciplinary boundaries.
•    Ability to interact with technical staff efficiently in order to achieve objectives.


•    Prior experimental research experience.

Personal Qualities

•    Commitment to the highest quality research.
•    Ability to take initiative, and make independent contributions to research.
•    Commitment to UCL’s policy of equal opportunities.
•    Ability to interact with others in a friendly and constructive way.
•    Commitment to health & safety and the well-being of the research team.