Research Assistant/Associate in Chemical Engineering

Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering

United Kingdom

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Assistant/Associate to work on materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting.        We are seeking an outstanding individual to develop novel approaches to engineer the interface between semiconductors and electrolytes, in order to optimise the performance of the semiconductors and achieve efficient solar energy devices. You will develop fabrication methods to tune those...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01508
  • Date posted 15 December 2020
  • Closing date 17 January 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £36,045 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Assistant/Associate to work on materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting.     

We are seeking an outstanding individual to develop novel approaches to engineer the interface between semiconductors and electrolytes, in order to optimise the performance of the semiconductors and achieve efficient solar energy devices. You will develop fabrication methods to tune those interfaces and boost their photoelectrochemical final performance. Photoelectrodes will be prepared oriented and with exposed active crystal facets, and/or with extra layers on their surface such as co-catalysts to mediate with aqueous electrolytes. A systematic approach involving novel syntheses, advanced electrochemical characterisation and solar water splitting performance tests will be carried out to establish the optimal conditions for the formation of photoelectrodes and the characteristics which make them better performing.

This project is part of a recently funded EPSRC Fellowship of Dr Salvador Eslava to advance in the research and delivery of materials for the production of hydrogen from sun and water, developing a disruptive technology of future solar devices with the potential to convert any waste to useful fuels and feedstocks. The post will be hosted in the group of Dr Salvador Eslava, a Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London.

Duties and responsibilities

Your main duties will be:

    • To conduct excellent research on the development of photoelectrodes with unique interfaces for solar fuels
    • To carry out materials characterisation to unravel physico-chemical and electrochemical properties of highly efficient photoelectrodes
    • To set up vapour deposition, photoelectrochemical or catalytic rigs as needed
    • To contribute to the smooth running of the Group’s laboratories and facilities
    • To prepare and submit publications for international journals
    • To provide advice and guidance to other staff and students
    • To actively participate in the research programme of the Group

Essential requirements

You will be expected to hold or be near completion of a PhD* (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or a closely related discipline, as well as have:

  • A good track record of research, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at workshops and conferences, commensurate with career stage
  • Knowledge of syntheses of photoelectrochemical materials and their characterisation
  • The ability to keep a good communication with group members and contribute to the smooth running of the Group’s laboratories and facilities
  • The ability to develop contacts within the College and the wider community
  • The ability to promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and the College
  • The ability to assist in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

The post is available from 01 Feb 2021 for 24 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.  The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Eslava (s.eslava@imperial.ac.uk).

To apply, please select the “Apply now” button at the top of this page.  Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission. 

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 17 January 2021

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional Information

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research


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