Research Assistant/Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Chemical Engineering

Campus: South Kensington, London

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London welcomes applications for a Research Associate to conduct work in the area of excreted biofuels production from microalgae. The main aim of the role will be to carry out research for a Horizon 2020 project (PHOTOFUEL) and be responsible for the delivery of the key project objectives assigned to the REaCT group.

You will need to be able to cultivate microalgae at various scales, ranging from 25 mL to 120 L, develop continuous, scalable separation strategies for soluble and insoluble products and investigate treatment technologies for waste biomass to extract additional products and allow full nutrient recycle (e.g. HTL). Consequently, you need to be able to work across several disciplines, have experience in algae cultivation, be able to combine experimental and theoretical work, and have a strong background in algae processing operations.  

You should hold a first degree (or equivalent) and PhD (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline with particular emphasis on algae cultivation and product separation (batch or continuous).

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 – £34,040 per annum.

We are recruiting two posts which are available immediately with appointment for 11 months in the first instance, based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Prof Klaus Hellgardt (

To apply, please visit our website: You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG00279.  Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission. 

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Mrs Raluca Reynolds (

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 29th April 2018

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We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

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In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment.  We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

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