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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Automated Discovery of Net-Zero Materials - Grade 7

University of Liverpool - Faculty of Science and Engineering - School of Physical Sciences - Department of Chemistry

Location: Liverpool
Salary: £34,805 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 5th November 2021
Job Ref: 035408

This postdoctoral position is a unique opportunity to work in a team of scientists funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council Prosperity Partnership which is a collaboration between Unilever, the University of Liverpool and the University of Oxford. This new partnership will address how to achieve the UK Government's 2019 target of Net-Zero by 2050, through disruptive innovation in the current chemical supply chain. The project will deliver a wide range of outcomes and impacts including new scientific platforms for designing and inventing renewable and bio-degradable materials, and new routes to make these materials. The part of the project led by Prof Andy Cooper will assess the biodegradability of materials developed by other partners. We will exploit unique high-throughput robotic synthesis capabilities, coupled with optimization algorithms. Model-driven automation will be applied to polymer synthesis and properties characterisation platforms.

You should have a PhD in a relevant discipline as you will lead the automation research. Expertise in robotics and machine learning is essential and chemistry and data science background would be advantageous. The aim is to automate where possible to free up researcher time. You will add specific skills and ideas to our combined team capabilities in robotics, machine learning and materials research.

The post is available for 3 years.

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