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Research Fellow in Chemistry

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences School of Chemistry

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th April 2019
Closes: 2nd June 2019
Job Ref: 81004

SALARY: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year

HOURS: Full time

DURATION: Fixed-term for up to 36 months

LOCATION: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK 

A Research Fellow is required to work on a project involving the design, preparation, characterisation and testing of novel ion exchange materials for use in the nuclear industry. This post forms part of the EPSRC-funded TRANSCEND (TRANSformative Science and Engineering in Nuclear Decommissioning) project in collaboration with 9 other Universities, Sellafield Ltd, the National Nuclear Laboratory and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The researcher will form part of a team in Birmingham but also have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers across the consortium. 

The Research Fellow will: 

  • Work within the specified research project as set out in the grant to EPSRC: to make, characterise and test new inorganic ion exchange materials for removing Cs, Sr and other species relevant to nuclear waste cleanup from aqueous solutions at different pH’s and in the presence of competitive ions and complexants 
  • Liaise with other partner Universities and industries to assess and optimise the potential use of the new materials for application at UK site license facilities, particularly Sellafield, as well as for cleanup at other sites in the world such as Hanford and Fukushima. 
  • Participate in and present at meetings and conferences, especially annual full-consortium and research theme meetings and national/international research conferences. 
  • Assist in running the research groups of Dr JA Hriljac and Dr P Allan, the Birmingham co-investigators of TRANSCEND. 

Key main duties include:

  • Developing research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required 
  • Contributing to writing bids for research funding and synchrotron X-ray/neutron beamtime. 
  • Analysing and interpreting data  

Person Specification 

  • First degree in Chemistry, Physics or Materials and a PhD (or close to completion) in Solid State/Materials Chemistry (or close to completion) or a closely related field are essential. 
  • Experience in Solid State Chemistry synthesis techniques and X-ray powder diffraction data collection and basic analysis are essential. 
  • Experience in zeolite chemistry is desirable. 
  • Experience in some or all of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, electron microscopy, ICP analysis and Raman spectroscopy is desirable. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Joseph Hriljac, 

The University is a family-friendly employer, with on-campus childcare facilities, and the School of Chemistry welcomes flexible working to suit family or other commitments. The School of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its work in promoting women’s careers in STEM subjects in higher education. 

Closing date: 2 June 2019                                

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 81004 in all enquiries. 

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