Research Assistant in Novel Formulation Coatings

Loughborough University - Department of Chemical Engineering

Part-time -18.5 hours per week (0.5FTE)

Fixed-term until 30 June 2019

The project, funded by Innovate UK, aims to develop a new formulation automotive coating and associated production methods. The development of the new formulation coating with enhanced surface properties, such as hardness, abrasion resistance and anti-fingerprinting, achieved through the introduction of nanoparticles in the formulation whilst maintaining desirable optical properties (clarity and colour), will proceed in parallel with process development to ensure that the desired properties are reproducible from bench\formulation to manufacturing scale. The main objective of the project is therefore to assess and develop processes for the new formulation coating, such that the enhanced final product properties are maintained in coatings manufactured in quantities beyond lab scale to ensure industrial scale manufacture and commercialisation.

The project team involves an industrial partner and the successful candidate will be part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team, engaging with the activities at both Loughborough University Chemical Engineering Department and the industrial partner.

The successful candidate will mainly be based at Loughborough University to conduct experimental and numerical research whilst some work may also be performed at the industrial partner's site and will maintain strong links with the industrial partner.

To be considered for this post, you must have a good first degree (minimum of a second class, upper division) in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline; post-graduate degree or industrial experience in a related area is desirable. You will have a genuine desire to make a significant contribution to the project. You will have excellent communication and inter-personal skills in conducting engineering projects both individually and as part of a team.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Nerime Gül Özcan-Taskin, Senior Lecturer,, 01509 222 500.

Application closing date: 18 August 2017

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