Research Associate in Degradation of Polymers

Imperial College London - Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering

A Full-Time and Fixed Term contract for 24 months.

Campus: South Kensington

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, to undertake research on the degradation of polymer pipes for the transport of fluids. The post will be based within the Shell/Imperial Centre for Advanced Interfacial Materials Science. The Centre was formed on 2016 in collaboration with Shell Global Solutions (Amsterdam) for drive a mechanistic approach to industrial materials challenges. You will be working within a multidisciplinary team including Dr Sandrine Heutz, Dr Finn Giuliani, and Professor Mary Ryan. The position is available to start immediately.

You will be working on an exciting project to understand the mechanisms of degradation of flexible pipes used for the transport of fluids relevant to the oil and gas industries. You will have a strong background in the characterisation of the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of polymers, as well as in their processing. Experience in advanced microscopies - in particular different modes of atomic force microscopy- and in mechanical characterisation, is particularly advantageous.

You will work within a team of dynamic students and Research Associates, on the South Kensington Campus. You will interact with a range of academic collaborators, and with project partners at Shell. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities within the department of Materials and the London Centre for Nanotechnology. Additional facilities will also be used at the Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam, and regular travel is anticipated.

Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential.

In addition to the research, there is the opportunity for the post holder to develop teaching experience. For example, organising an undergraduate lab experiment, supervising MEng and MSc research projects and helping with the supervision of PhD students on linked projects.

Successful completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Materials, Chemistry, Physics or related scientific/engineering discipline is required.

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

For additional information please contact Dr Sandrine Heutz:

You can find details of salary, terms & conditions, including contract type/duration, benefits, etc.]

Closing date: 11th May 2018

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