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Research Associate in Ionic Liquids and Circular Textiles

Imperial College London

Location: London, Hybrid
Salary: £45,593 to £53,630 * per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th February 2024
Closes: 11th March 2024
Job Ref: ENG02780
 

Location: South Kensington, London  

Job Summary 

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Associate to join a project funded by the UKRI “Research for a plastics circular economy” call (EP/Y003888/1) to carry out research in novel technologies for textile recycling using of ionic liquids for circular dyeing. 

You will focus on assessing the feasibility and advantages of recycling both dyes and fibres separated from multi-material textile waste. The approach will involve separation of cotton from PET, the recovery of fibres from polycotton blends and the removal and re-use of dyes in a circular textile dyeing process. Ionic liquids will be explored as novel solvents in each case, with the end goal an integrated process to recycle as much textile material as possible. The project will be performed in collaboration with industrial partners, most notably DyeRecycle (www.dyerecycle.co). 

You will execute world-leading, academic research with a high degree of independence and enjoy interdisciplinary collaboration with other researchers and industrial partners. You will undertake project management, supervise small multi-disciplinary teams and is expected to submit high-quality publications to refereed journals. 

Duties and responsibilities

You will develop an experimental apparatus for textile separation, dye extraction and fibre recovery. You will collect data on fibre properties and fibre analysis. You will evaluate decolourization efficiency and dyeing efficiency of waste and re-dyed textile materials. 

You will plan the research in collaboration with Prof Jason Hallett and academic and industrial research partners, including the University of Huddersfield and the start-up company DyeRecycle.

You will draft scientific publications for submission to refereed journals and IP disclosures. You will also present your work orally and in writing to collaborators and industrial partners and at conferences.

Essential requirements

  • A PhD degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or a related discipline
  • Experience in the use of ionic liquids
  • Experience in plastic or textile recycling and material analysis
  • Ability to deliver technical reports/presentations to a range of audiences

*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 the contract will run for 32 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 Professor Jason Hallett (j.hallett@imperial.ac.uk)

Apply online via the above ‘Apply’ button. 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 Monday 11th March 2024 

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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