Research Assistant/Research Associate (Composite Molten Salt and Ceramic Membranes) -D45066R2

Newcastle University - Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials

Salary: £26,829 to £28,452 (without PhD)

£29,301 to £31,076 (with progression to £38,183; PhD Awarded)

Newcastle University, Bath University, Manchester University, the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College currently hold an EPSRC Programme Grant in the field of membrane science.

Membranes offer exciting opportunities for more efficient, lower energy, more sustainable separations and even entirely new process options – and so are a valuable tool in an energy constrained world. However, high performance polymeric, inorganic and ceramic membranes all suffer from problems with decay in performance over time, through either membrane ageing (membrane material relaxation) and/or fouling (foreign material build-up in and/or on the membrane), and this seriously limits their impact. 

The vision of the Programme Grant is to create membranes which do not suffer from ageing or fouling, and for which separation functionality is therefore maintained over time. We will achieve this through a combination of the synthesis of new membrane materials and fabrication of novel membrane composites (polymeric, ceramic and hybrids), supported by new characterisation techniques.

A research position is available in the group of Professor Ian Metcalfe, FREng, in the area of composite molten salt and ceramic membranes. The work will focus on the use of such composite membranes for gas separation. You should have submitted your PhD and be awaiting award, or have already attained a PhD in chemical engineering, materials science or a related subject with experience in either inorganic ion-conducting oxide membranes, high temperature electrochemistry or molten salts. Additional knowledge in the modelling of membrane processes would be beneficial.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Ian Metcalfe:

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials:

Group of Applications of Ion Transport:

The School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers. We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

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