Research Associate in Sustainable Formulations (Fixed Term)

University of Bath - Chemistry

Interview Date: Wednesday 24 January 2018

This post is part of a large 4 year IB Catalyst project, Gelenz, on “New Enzymatically Produced Interpenetrating Starch-Cellulose Gels”, involving collaborators at the Universities of Bath, Bristol, and East Anglia (UEA), the John Innes Centre (JIC) and industrial partners Croda and Unilever. We are developing interpenetrating starch-cellulose gels with the aim of making novel, sustainable, biodegradable and edible materials with end uses in food or in personal/home care products. The post holder at Bath will work largely in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath but also will be expected to spend considerable time with our industrial partners, translating the cellulose/starch components developed in this project into aqueous formulations for personal and home care applications. You will also be expected to work closely with PDRAs at Bath, Bristol, UEA and JIC, as well as with PhD students working on the project.

Applicants should have expertise in the preparation and characterisation of aqueous formulations including emulsions, gels and creams or lotions. Experience in enzymatic methods for materials functionalization is also highly desirable, as is experience in the study of surfactants or other formulation ingredients. Knowledge of synthetic methods for polysaccharide functionalization and previous experience of working with industrial stakeholders would also be advantageous.

You will use this expertise to liaise with our industrial partners, to design materials which aim to meet their application requirements, produce exemplar formulations using starch/cellulose components, along with other common formulation ingredients (oils, aromas, salts, surfactants) to tailor the formulations for specific applications. Characterisation techniques used in the project include rheology, scattering of light, neutrons and X-rays, TEM, SEM confocal microscopy and AFM, as well as solid-state NMR in collaboration with UEA.

Candidates should have:

  • a PhD (or submitted thesis) in a relevant discipline (e.g. soft matter, colloids, polymers, food science, physical chemistry or other relevant subject),
  • experience of design of experimental protocols and interpretation of results.

Travel to work with the collaborators on this grant within the UK and to large-scale facilities in the UK and France for scattering measurements will be required.

This is a full time (36.5 hours per week), fixed term position for up to 24 months.

The University of Bath is committed to equality of opportunity. We invite applications from candidates irrespective of their gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, including women.

Further information and the online form for formal applications for the position are available on the University of Bath website

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Karen Edler (k.edler@bath.ac.uk) or Dr Janet Scott (j.l.scott@bath.ac.uk).

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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