|Salary:||£43,093 to £50,834 per annum|
|Placed On:||3rd February 2023|
|Closes:||3rd March 2023|
South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London
Fixed term for 18 months
Applications are encouraged for a Research Associate position to work on a two-year research project that strives to develop low-carbon sustainable cementitious materials and construction products from magnesium silicates, via a new carbon mineralisation / CCUS technology developed at Imperial College London. The outputs of this novel technology are an amorphous precipitated silica supplementary cementitious material (SCM) and sequestered CO2 in the form of magnesium carbonate. The technology is to be commercialised through Imperial spin-out, Seratech (https://seratechcement.com/).
Duties and responsibilities
This post will assist in developing two product streams: i) a composite cement incorporating the silica SCM to produce carbon-neutral concrete, and ii) a range of construction products (e.g., bricks, blocks, boards) derived from the magnesium carbonate. For each stream, you will investigate the optimum processing conditions, characterise the properties of the products and carry out performance testing to achieve certification to relevant standards. The research will require the use of advanced experimental techniques to study reaction kinetics, phase assemblage, pore structure, mass transport and durability for a range of mix compositions and exposure conditions. Data will be used to acquire a complete understanding of system chemistries, optimise products for commercial use and develop comprehensive life-cycle assessments and environmental product declarations.
The project will require regular contributions to a variety of academic tasks, including project management, supervision of Masters and PhD students, and demonstrating research excellence and leadership to junior members of the Seratech research group. There will also be some commercial-focused tasks including communicating with internal and external collaborators to guide product development, writing research proposals and developing IP.
You will collaborate initially with four postdocs and one PhD student also working on the project, and the team is anticipated to grow throughout the project. They will thus receive strong mentoring in a highly stimulating academic research environment, with access to internationally leading academics, industrial partners, research facilities, and networks.
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant.
For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Hong Wong on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information is available in the job description.
Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Briony Webb at email@example.com.
For technical issues when applying online please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing Date: 3 March 2023.
To apply, visit www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search by the job reference ENG02493.
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