Research Assistant/Associate

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering to carry out research on model-based experiment design tailored to design space elucidation for manufacturing flexibility and quality assurance. This is part of the wider PharmaSEL-Prosperity Partnership on...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01814
  • Date posted 26 July 2021
  • Closing date 30 August 2021

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering to carry out research on model-based experiment design tailored to design space elucidation for manufacturing flexibility and quality assurance. This is part of the wider PharmaSEL-Prosperity Partnership on Transforming synthetic drug manufacturing: novel processes, methods and tools in collaboration with the global pharmaceuticals company Eli Lilly and Company.

Duties and responsibilities

The remit of Research Associate post is to develop and analyse advanced model-based methods and tools to achieve optimal workflows in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. Your role on the project will entail the development of a model-based optimisation framework to design experiments to gain additional process understanding and communicate this knowledge effectively to regulatory bodies in the pharmaceutical industry. Unlike traditional experiment design approaches to design space exploration, the focus will be on maximizing the amount of process information gained from the experiments while bracketing the input factors of the process. This will lead to advanced optimisation formulations with multiple objectives and the need for surrogate modelling in order to retain computational tractability. You will conduct case studies in collaboration with the industrial partner. You will furthermore implement and fully document software tools for the above tasks.

Essential requirements

The successful candidate will have:

  • A first degree in Engineering and a PhD in the field of Process Systems Engineering or related
  • A track-record of projects involving pharmaceutical manufacturing industry
  • In-depth knowledge of mathematical modelling, numerical simulation and optimisation, and design of experiments
  • Proficiency in a programming language (e.g. python) and experience in process modelling and optimisation platforms (e.g. gPROMS, GAMS)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, a proven track record of scientific publishing, and the ability to exercise initiative and judgement in carrying out research tasks.

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 1 October 2021 for 18 months.  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 Prof. Benoit Chachuat (b.chachuat@imperial.ac.uk)

To apply, lease click on 'Apply now' at the top of this page. 

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 on Monday 30th August

 

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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.

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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.

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

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
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  • Deliver positive outcomes
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  • 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.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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