Research Fellow in Transmission Electron Microscopy

University of Leeds - Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemical & Process Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months (external funding))

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in transmission electron microscopy? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?


Crystallisation is a fascinating process that lies at the heart of rocesses as varied as the production of ceramics, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, nanomaterials and biominerals. Equally important is the prevention of unwanted crystallisation in the form of weathering, scale or kidney stones. Only by understanding how materials crystallise can we hope to control these processes. However, despite the importance of crystallisation, we still have a poor understanding of many of the mechanisms that underlie this fundamental phenomenon.

The project is part of a new EPSRC Programme Grant ‘Crystallisation in the Real World: Delivering Control through Theory and Experiment’ where this large collaborative research programme includes three experimental groups and five modelling groups from Leeds (both Chemical Engineering and Chemistry), UCL, Sheffield and Warwick Universities. 

The experimental programme brings to the fore such frontier analytical techniques as liquid-phase transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cryo-TEM and functional scanning probe microscopies that will allow us to study the changes in solid and solution during crystallisation as never before. This will be coupled with recent advances in modelling to perform simulations of nucleation and growth processes on comparable time- and length-scales, providing a unique opportunity to fully understand crystal nucleation and growth at the nanoscale.

You will have research experience of advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques including use of liquid cell TEM and/or cryo-TEM as well as a proven ability to work well both individually and in a multidisciplinary team.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Rik Drummond-Brydson, School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2369 or email:

Further information

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