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Senior Research Associate on Natural Ester Development and Testing

Manchester Metropolitan University - School of Engineering

Location: Manchester
Salary: £39,347 to £45,585 per annum. Grade 8
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th February 2024
Closes: 14th March 2024
Job Ref: eArcu-7355

Position: Dielectric Fluids Research Analyst (Senior Research Associate)

Based at: The Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

The role:

An exciting opportunity for someone with a strong background in organic chemistry and an interest in contributing to the transition of power systems. You will engage in advanced chemical synthesis, as well as physical, chemical and electrical testing to develop eco-friendly solutions for power transformers.

Qualifications we require:

With or about to obtain a PhD degree in a relevant subject related to organic chemistry.

Application requirements:

Skills/Experience:

  • Proficiency in synthesizing, purifying, and characterizing organic molecules in a laboratory setting.
  • Skilled in using relevant laboratory equipment and techniques, including HPLC, GC, NMR, and chemical databases.
  • Familiarity with electrical testing apparatus for assessing dielectric fluids is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work safely in a hazardous environment, adhering to safety policies.

Attributes:

  • Problem-solving ability with a desire to learn.
  • Self-motivation, team working and collaboration.
  • A commitment to the pursuit of excellence, with leadership potential.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Exceptional presentation skills, with the ability to effectively convey complex information.

About the Project:

This 6-month pilot project is a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative team focused on developing natural ester-based dielectric fluids for power transformers. The project aims to explore and refine both traditional and novel synthesis methodologies, with a focus on enhancing the performance and sustainability of these fluids. Rigorous testing and benchmarking exercises will be conducted to assess their efficacy. Upon successful completion of this pilot phase, there is potential for a long-term contract, offering the opportunity to continue contributing to this ground-breaking research and development in the field of sustainable energy solutions.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr. Xiang Zhang xiang.zhang@mmu.ac.uk or Dr. Beatriz Macia b.macia-ruiz@mmu.ac.uk, Dr Tengfei Li T.Li@mmu.ac.uk.

To apply:

Please click on the ‘Apply’ button to be redirected to our portal to submit a CV and a covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria for the role.

Please note: only applications with a covering letter will be considered.

Manchester Met University is committed to creating an intentionally inclusive culture of belonging that promotes equity and celebrates diversity. We understand the importance of having a diverse workforce and the benefits it can bring to ensuring diversity of thought and innovation in everything we do. We, therefore, encourage applications from our local and international communities, in particular people from ethnic minority groups, disabled people and people who identify as LGBTQIA+

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

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