Research Associate

University College London - Department of Chemical Engineering

UCL Chemical Engineering is a world-leading centre for research in electrochemical technology, an appointment is sought for a Grade 7 researcher to develop a novel sensor technology to probe the interaction of natural gas with heat transfer surfaces / catalysts, develop novel catalysts to avoid coking and work towards the commercialisation of this technology.

The key role of the post holder will be to perform leading research to develop a piezoelectric microbalance sensor for operation at high temperature and suitable for operation in process equipment involving the use of natural gas. This will include designing and making test rigs, operating analytical equipment such as in-line gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, and developing coke-resistant catalysts. Ultimate success of the project will come through work to commercialise the technology in collaborating with our project partners based in Qatar. The position will be based in the Electrochemical Innovation Lab ( ) in the Department of Chemical Engineering on the Bloomsbury campus of UCL and involve close collaboration with project partners in Qatar.

The appointment is available for up to 2 years in the first instance.

This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic and ambitious experimental researcher with experience of catalysis and/or sensors to undertake a research position as part of a leading team of researchers from Qatar and the UK. The successful candidate will have significant experience in catalysis, reaction engineering, experimental design / test rig construction or sensor development.

The successful candidate must be motivated, independent and hard-working with a strong research and development background in areas relevant to this project. Evidence of ability to write up technical work is required in the form of peer reviewed papers or project reports.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof. Dan Brett by email at

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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