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Research Associate

Imperial College London - Chemical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £36,800 to £44,220 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st January 2019
Closes: 21st February 2019
Job Ref: ENG00676

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate/ BP-ICAM “Rapid Experimentation” Fellow to join a lively multidisciplinary research group under Prof Andrew Livingston within the Department of Chemical Engineering.

The successful candidate will seek to develop “Rapid Experimentation” within the BP-ICAM to create near-term BP value, making use of rapidly developing knowledge and solutions to BP’s current operational challenges and delivering minimal viable product within a year, and value adding enhancements thereafter. 

The successful candidate will have experience of research in produced water cleanup. He/she will deliver focused research on removal of residual oil and/or production chemicals from produced water prior to discharge or reinjection (water flood or, Enhanced Oil Recovery, (EOR)), via modular “polishing” technologies. They will (i) work closely with BP to understand and define BP technical challenges, and leverage Imperial’s Innovation spaces, Hackathon method of working, ICAM academics & PDRAs to identify novel solutions and (iii) access ICAM capabilities.

You will have a background in chemical engineering, ideally related to water and produced water filtration and clean up, experimental skills, equipment construction experience, system performance analysis, analytical methods and water analysis. You will have excellent written and oral communication skills and initiative and judgement in carrying out research tasks.

You should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in chemical engineering and have full-time or intern experience in the oil and gas and water sectors.

The post is available immediately and is for 12 months initially, with possible extension.  The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

For informal enquiries contact Professor Andrew Livingston (

To apply, please visit our website: You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG00676

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Mrs Sneha Saunders (

Closing date: Thursday 21st February 2019

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

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.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

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All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations.

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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