Research Associate in Electrochemical Synthesis of Metal Sulphides

University College London - Department of Chemistry

This position is funded by a 5 month ‘Inspiration Grant’ associated with the UCL Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering. The post-holder will carry out feasibility studies into the reproducible synthesis of disordered iron oxide and sulphide coatings on electrode surfaces. These materials will then be characterized electrochemically to determine open circuit potential, redox and photoelectrochemical activity. Photoelectrochemical testing will be carried out in collaboration with Prof Upul Wijayantha at Loughborough University. The motivation for this work is to develop methodology for the in situ characterization of disordered and metastable materials that otherwise undergo rapid phase or chemical transformation when ex situ characterization is attempted. This project will explore the feasibility of this approach for allowing further study of potential catalytic or remediation activity of disordered metastable materials that closely resemble materials that form in the natural environment. The position is available to start from 1st October 2017.  

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or near to being awarded a PhD) in Chemistry or Materials Science or relevant subject area, a strong background and experience working with electrochemical techniques, a demonstrated commitment to scientific excellence, and outstanding experimental skills. They will be expected to have effective verbal and written communication skills in English. Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6 (salary £30,316 to £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further details of the research activities of the Holt group at UCL can be found at:

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

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Katherine Holt ( ). Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James – , as we wish to encourage online applications.

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

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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