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Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Chemical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £45,593 to £53,630 * per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 14th January 2024
Job Ref: ENG02898
 

Location: South Kensington, London 

Job Summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Associate to work on materials for photoelectrochemical solar water splitting.

We are seeking an outstanding individual to develop novel approaches to develop materials for photoelectrochemistry, their synthesis, characterisation, and tests, with special emphasis on the interfaces of photoanodes and photocathodes. Our target is to achieve efficient solar energy devices for water splitting (hydrogen generation) and explain property-performance relationships for a rational design.

The post will involve synthesis and development of novel materials (oxide, halide, organic, 2D, … semiconductors) and their composites with electrocatalysts (oxyhydroxides, 2D, sulphides, etc.) to boost charge transfer and separation, as well as the use of advanced characterisation techniques covering physico-chemical, optoelectronic, and electrochemical properties (XRD, XPS, TEM, EIS, LSV, …).

This project is part of an EPSRC project of Dr Salvador Eslava, a Reader in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, to advance in the research and delivery of materials to produce hydrogen from sun and water, developing future solar devices for disruptive technologies. Please see list of publications of Dr Salvador Eslava on photoanodes and photocathodes for further details on the range of materials and approaches followed in his group.

Essential requirements

  • Hold a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or Materials Science or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • Practical experience and knowledge in a broad range of semiconductors, electrocatalysts, solar cells or related, as well as characterisation techniques including microscopies and spectroscopies
  • Practical experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals
  • Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £40,694 – £43,888 per annum. 

Further Information

You can start immediately and ideally no later than by April 2024.  The contract will run for 12 months i n the first instance, with the possibility of extension subject to extra research funding achieved in the group. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

*New appointments will have a maximum starting salary of £49,305 based on experience. 

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Salvador Eslava (s.eslava@imperial.ac.uk)

To apply, please visit our website: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/. You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG02898.  Candidates will need to complete an online application.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 14th January 2023.

For technical issues when applying online please email support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk

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.

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.

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