Research Associate, School of Physical Sciences and Computing, Centre for Fire and Hazardous Science

Preston, United Kingdom
Grade: G (£30395- 35211)
Saturday, 9 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 14/11/2019  
Salary Grade: G (£30395- 35211)  
Job category/type Academic, Research

Job description

This is a one-off opportunity to join the world’s leading group in fire toxicity. Staff within UCLan’s Centre for Fire and Hazards Science are recognised as being world leading researchers in the area of the toxicity of fire effluents, and the development of fire-safe materials.

We are seeking an outstanding, dynamic and enthusiastic analyst to underpin our research in this important area. We welcome applications from high flying individuals with expertise in at least one of the following areas: analytical chemistry, toxicology, fire, materials science, or polymer science.

The post is initially for 1 year, with the anticipation that this will be extended based on the generation of sufficient external income to sustain the post.

The main functions of the post are:

  • Providing support for instrumental analysis, through method development, and overseeing the small instrument (LC-MS, GC-MS, FTIR gas phase, HPLC, HPIC etc) suite.
  • Supporting existing research projects (PhD student supervision, management of laboratory facilities, training etc.).
  • Undertaking research contributing to the Centre for Fire and Hazards Science.

Based in our world-class laboratory, equipped with both standard items of fire test equipment, and research specific facilities, you will play a leading role in the analysis of fire effluents, both from samples generated in the laboratory, those collected at our large-scale experimental facility at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Training Centre at Washington Hall, and those collected from real fire scenes and other large scale fire tests.

As a Research Associate you will have full access to the University’s analytical laboratories, as well as dedicated instruments in the fire laboratories. You will use a number of experimental procedures for the controlled generation of combustion products (the steady state tube furnace, the smoke density chamber etc.). For each method, analysis of fire effluents will include asphyxiants and irritants, smoke, and particulates. This involves use and interpretation of gas phase FTIR, use of sorption tubes and GC-MS, HPLC-MSMS, HPIC and wet chemical analysis.

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Anna Stec  For further information please visit our websites:

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. This position is based in Preston.

Department: School of Physical Sciences & Computing – Centre for Fire & Hazardous Science
Hours: Full time (37 hours per week – 1.0 FTE)
Basis:  Fixed term contract for 1 year
Interview Date: 21 November 2019

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