Research Assistant, Rare Metal Extraction

Lincoln, United Kingdom
Jan 16, 2020
End of advertisement period
Feb 26, 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Chemistry

Location:  Lincoln
Salary:   From £28,331 per annum
This post is fixed term for 4 months and full time at 1.0 FTE
Closing Date:   Sunday 26 January 2020
Interview Date:   Friday 14 February 2020

This short project will develop an innovative optimal-step process to selectively extract rare metals rom leach liquors.  To achieve this selective extraction technology molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) will be developed to extract rare metals. Computational methods followed by organic synthesis of the polymer will be implemented. Full characterisation of the polymer and analysis of the liqueurs will follow.

Knowledge of Instrumental Analytical Techniques and Design of Experiments is essential. Knowledge of synthetic and computational chemistry are also important for the job. 

The main aim is testing the timescales of the present technology developed in the University of Lincoln to be able to offer these materials as commercial products to companies interested in the extraction of compounds/metals from different waste or effluent streams. As a result a commercial endeavour may be explored and this would be part of impacts associated to the case study aiming to be submitted to the next REF2021

This position does not fulfil the UK Visas & Immigration sponsorship criteria for Tier 2.