Location: South Kensington Campus, London
The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on the development of patterning approaches for nanocellulose antimicrobial coatings. The post is part of the Triple-A-Coat consortium (www.triple-a-coat.org), an international consortium of academia and industry, seeking to develop next generation sustainable antimicrobial/viral/fungal coatings based on nanocellulose for “high-traffic” environments.
Employing soft matter patterning approaches, we seek to understand the underlying physical-chemistry and biology that governs antimicrobial action of model surfaces, and develop novel approaches to augment the intrinsic action of nanocellulose (nanocrystalline, bacterial and fibrillar). In collaboration with chemists, engineers and industrialists, we seek to develop sustainable coatings and carry out a pilot to demonstrate their use in high traffic environments (such as public transport, hospitals, schools). The project is funded by UKRI (10042469) and EU (HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-20).
The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with another postdoctoral researcher who will develop scalable coating methods, and our wider consortium team, concentrating primarily on an experimental investigation of soft patterning of nanocellulose, surface characterisation and testing, as well as modelling and interpretation of results. This is an excellent opportunity to work on a challenging research project at a leading academic institution, within an international network, and develop multidisciplinary research, leadership and translation skills. You will participate in consortium meetings, submit publications to refereed journals and present findings to the larger consortium and at international conferences.
Duties and responsibilities
You will adapt and develop micro- and nano-patterning approaches for nanocellulose films, based on scalable soft matter engineering processes (including buckling, imprinting and lithography), and characterise the topography and morphology of these surfaces with appropriate physical, chemical and mechanical approaches. You will work closely with project partners in the evaluation of antimicrobial action, and carry out, and regularly update, literature and patent surveys on nanocellulose and other antimicrobial coatings. You will develop analytical and numerical models to describe and predict the properties of the surface coatings based on formulation and processing conditions, and collect experimental data on representative chemical systems for validation of the models. Working with other members of the consortium, you will optimise the overall coating system and contribute to the translation of the technology into practical contexts.
The following essential knowledge, skills & experience are sought:
The contract will run for 36 months in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension thereafter subject to research funding. 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 Professor João Cabral (email@example.com)
To apply, please visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/. You can find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG02556. Candidates will need to complete an online application.
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Closing date: Midnight on 24th April 2023
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The College is currently trialling a Work Location Framework until early 2023. Hybrid working may be considered for this role and the role holder may be expected to work 60% or more of their time onsite, with 40% the minimum time spent onsite. The opportunity for hybrid working will be discussed at interview.
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 https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/.
The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.
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.
|Salary:||£43,093 to £50,834 per annum|
|Placed On:||27th March 2023|
|Closes:||24th April 2023|
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