Research Associate in Polymer Degradation and Recycling

Job summary

A postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position is available within the Britovsek lab of the Department of Chemistry to work on the development of sustainable methods for polymer degradation and recycling. This is an Innovate UK sponsored project in collaboration with Polymateria. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with other team members within the research group and with Polymateria on developing methods for polymer...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00408
  • Date posted 18 March 2019
  • Closing date 3 April 2019

Job description

Job summary

A postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position is available within the Britovsek lab of the Department of Chemistry to work on the development of sustainable methods for polymer degradation and recycling.

This is an Innovate UK sponsored project in collaboration with Polymateria. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with other team members within the research group and with Polymateria on developing methods for polymer degradation and recycling.

Duties and responsibilities

This role will involve planning and carrying out research in accordance with the project aims, and taking initiative in the planning of research. You will also be required to assist in the preparation of patents and publications, and identify and develop suitable techniques, and apparatus, for the collection and analysis of data.

Essential requirements

The successful applicant will hold a PhD (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry, or a related field such as Materials Science.

Applicants should have experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Polymer synthesis
- Polymer purification and characterisation
- Air-free synthesis
- Oxidation catalysis
- High pressure equipment
- NMR, GPC and DSC analysis

Experience with polymer synthesis and characterisation is also required. A good working knowledge of alkane oxidation catalysis, polymer degradation and recycling techniques is desirable.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant with a salary of £34,397 to £37,486 per annum.

For further details, please contact Prof George Britovsek (g.britovsek@imperial.ac.uk)

For queries regarding the application process, please contact Mr John Murrell (j.murrell@imperial.ac.uk)

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

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