Research Associate

Job summary

The Salary structure is subject to change effective from 1st April 2019, please see full details on our salary structure reform An opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to work on quantum metabolism in anaerobic transformation to methane for sustainable wastewater treatment. This position is offered as part of a portfolio of cutting-edge research on the quantum-induced metabolism using a conductive material, i.e., granular activated...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00747
  • Date posted 20 February 2019
  • Closing date 7 March 2019

Job description

Job summary

The Salary structure is subject to change effective from 1st April 2019, please see full details on our salary structure reform

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to work on quantum metabolism in anaerobic transformation to methane for sustainable wastewater treatment.

This position is offered as part of a portfolio of cutting-edge research on the quantum-induced metabolism using a conductive material, i.e., granular activated carbon (GAC), in anaerobic transformation for methane formation from sewage.

The project is an initial work to advance the pathway of direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) in anaerobic fluidized-bed bioreactor (AFB) with GAC led by Dr. Po-Heng (Henry) Lee at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

This is a fixed term appointment for up to one year.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for development of novel types of anaerobic biological system for the improvement of lignocellulosic biomass treatment.

Duties will include the design and operation of novel anaerobic digestion (AD) systems, such as battery electrode AD system, GAC immobilized AD system, or micro-aerobic AD systems.

You will also be expected to submit publications to refereed journals based on this work, and to attract external research funding.

Essential requirements

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in Environmental Engineering or a closely related discipline.

You will have previous experience in the following areas:

  • Lab- or pilot-scale reactor design, set-up and operation, preferably with knowledge of the biofilm formation (or granulation) process in these systems;
  • Laboratory anaerobic culturing methods and molecular techniques for environment samples
  • Bioinformatic analysis of meta-omics data to microbial metabolism interactions in biological reactors, including analysis pipeline construction and case studies

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Po Heng (Henry) Lee at po-heng.lee@imperial.ac.uk

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

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Lucy Chivers at l.chivers@imperial.ac.uk

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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.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

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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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  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.