PhD and Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

We welcome applications from excellent and enthusiastic students and postdoctoral researchers to join the Livingston Group. We receive a very high number of applications and successful PhD applicants will typically have graduated with a high First class honours degree and have research experience. Successful postdocs will have a strong publication record and proven track record in high quality research.

The Group attracts some of the very best researchers from all over the world and from many different backgrounds - the group hosts chemical engineers, chemists, engineers, physicists and materials scientists who are looking for an opportunity to work within a dynamic multidisciplinary and collaborative research environment.

PhD Opportunity on New Membranes for Molecular Separations in Chemical and Pharmaceuticals Manufacture. Deadline - 14 February 2018. To start by 1 April 2018

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to undertake a PhD under Andrew Livingston’s supervision on a new project on ultra-stable membranes for molecular separations in high temperature solvent systems. The project will be carried out in collaboration with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

To be considered you must hold a first class or high 2.1 honours degree or international equivalent. All PhD fees are covered and a tax free bursary will be offered. If you wish to apply, please send a cv and covering letter to ensuring the heading states “PhD CRG Application”.

Further information

The successful PhD candidate will undertake research into novel polymeric membranes, specifically organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) membranes, which are capable of stable operation and purification of  high value products at elevated temperatures and challenging acidic and basic conditions in organic solvents. He/she will undertake experimental work on preparing novel support membranes and functionalising them, fabricating both free standing and supported thin polyarylate and other polymer films and investigating changes in microporosity with temperature. Work will involve scale-up and testing and experimental work will be complemented by process design and simulation work.

The project is a collaboration between Imperial College and KAUST, and will involve interactions with KAUST researchers and some time visiting the KAUST facility. The project is ideally suited to a Chemical Engineering or related disciplines student who seeks to carry out cutting edge research into new separations technology; is ambitious about using technical advances to reduce energy consumption and improve the sustainability of chemical processing, and who has an interest in the chemical and pharmaceuticals area. 

In order to be considered for this PhD post, you must have a first class or high 2.1 honours degree. You must be highly motivated and be able to work independently and part of an interdisciplinary international team. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English.

The studentship will cover tuition fees plus the standard maintenance stipend of £16,553 (this year’s rate) per annum.

Find out more about the PhD programme in the Department of Chemical Engineering including our Scholarship scheme

Post-doctoral Research Associate Opportunity. Deadline - 1 March 2018

We are currently seeking a post doc researcher to join our Group for 12 months to create novel membranes to develop novel stable composite membranes for the separation of organic compounds from aqueous systems including fermentation broths.

If you have a track record in high quality research and relevant experience in membrane development for separation, particulatly in organic solvents, please consider applying to join our Group.

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