Research Assistant/Associate in Lignin-derived carbon fibers for supercapacitors

Job summary

Applications are invited for a research associate position to work at Imperial College London, in the South Kensington Campus, in the Department of Chemical Engineering within Prof. Magda Titirici’s research group.

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00816
  • Date posted 15 April 2019
  • Closing date 28 April 2019

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a research associate position to work at Imperial College London, in the South Kensington Campus, in the Department of Chemical Engineering within Prof. Magda Titirici’s research group.

Duties and responsibilities

The main role of the post holder will be to carry out research towards converting lignin into carbon fibers to be used as flexible electrodes for supercapacitors at Imperial College London. In addition, s/he will contribute to producing a real flexible device with good gravimetric and volumetric energy density using a gel electrolyte made also from renewable precursors.

Essential requirements

The successful candidate should hold or be about to receive a PhD in Chemistry/Materials or Chemical Engineering, or a closely related discipline. S/he should have a strong background in experimental carbon materials synthesis, characterisation and electrochemistry. S/he should have considerable experience in scaling up engineering technologies (experimentally) and/or manufacturing technologies. Prior knowledge of carbon fiber production technologies, materials characterisation techniques, electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques, are desirable.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £34,397- £37,486 per annum.

Please note that we are unable to consider applications for this post from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. Any candidate who is considering applying for this post is required to hold a pre-existing right to work in the UK.

The post is available immediately. The appointment is for 6 months with a possibility for extension, based in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Prof. Magda Titirici (

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

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Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 28 April 2019.

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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