Back to search results

Research Associate in Ionic Liquids for Wastewater Treatment

Imperial College London

Location: London
Salary: £41,593 to £49,210
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 10th November 2021
Job Ref: ENG01893

Location: South Kensington Campus

Job Summary

We are seeking candidates to join our research efforts on the use of ionic liquids to tackle pervasive environmental problems and create a more sustainable manufacturing future. This position will focus on one of the biggest challenges facing society – the provision of clean water for our growing population. Our research efforts have established ionic liquids as viable media for processing waste materials in a circular economy. Here we seek the use of immobilised ionic liquids to absorb heavy metal contaminants from waste water streams. We seek both batch and continuous process options using immobilised hydrophobic ionic liquids. The Research Associate in Ionic Liquids for Wastewater Treatment will synthesise novel hydrophobic ionic liquids, immobilise them on solid inorganic supports and build a continuous apparatus for trace element removal from contaminated water streams.

Duties and responsibilities

You will take initiative in the design of your research programme, and direct a team of researchers from the PhD and Masters level in the pursuit of a viable process option. You will be able to synthesise ionic liquids, analyse their immobilised state on inorganic supports and perform trace element analysis on liquid streams to monitor extraction success.

Essential requirements

  • Hold a PhD in chemical engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • Practical experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals
  • Practical experience in a broad range of techniques including chemical synthesis, trace element analysis and wastewater analysis
  • Experience with ionic liquids (synthesis and use)
  • Experience with trace element analysis (i.e. ICP-MS)

Further Information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,691 - £39,888 per annum.

The post is available from the 1st of February 2022 and is fixed for 24 months.  The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Prof. Jason Hallett (

To apply, please visit our website: You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG01893. 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

Closing date: Midnight on Wednesday 10th November 2021

Additional Information

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

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:

Subject Area(s):


Job tools
More jobs from Imperial College London

Show all jobs for this employer …

More jobs like this
Join in and follow us

Browser Upgrade Recommended has been optimised for the latest browsers.

For the best user experience, we recommend viewing on one of the following:

Google Chrome Firefox Microsoft Edge