Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

London, United Kingdom
£33,615 - £37,411 (Grade 4)
18 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
19 Aug 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £33,615 - £37,411 (Grade 4)
Location: Mile End
Closing date: 19-Aug-2019


We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the project detailed below, under the joint supervision of Dr Devis Di Tommaso (research.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk/d.ditommaso) and Dr Gregory Chass (www.qmul.ac.uk/sbcs/staff/gregorychass.html) at the Chemistry Department of Queen Mary University of London (UK).

Starting date: During September 2019.

Remuneration: The starting salary is £31,054 - £37,411 per annum. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and an interest–free season ticket loan.

Duration and funding: This is a full-time position, available for a period of 30 months, funded by Accelerating CCS Technologies (www.act-ccs.eu ).

Research project:

Fundamental Studies of Mineral Carbonation with Application to CO2 Sequestration (FUNMIN). FUNMIN is a UK-led industrial-academic consortium between the company Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd (www.cacaca.co.uk), and leading  academics with a strong record of accomplishment in the investigation of the fundamental aspects of crystal growth & nucleation using simulation & experimental techniques (QMUL, Granada, Grenoble, Oviedo, and Utrecht). The aim of FUNMIN is to optimise the process of CO2 mineralisation into MgCO3, actioned from the most evolved simulations & empirical determinations worldwide of the molecular events surrounding MgCO3 formation from inert solution

This research position will focus on the experimental characterization of the molecular-level processes controlling Mg-dehydration, MgCO3 nucleation, and magnesite growth from solution, specifically focusing on enhancing the direct CO2 conversion to anhydrous MgCO3 at mild conditions. The successful applicant will work within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk) at QMUL under the direct supervision of Dr Devis Di Tommaso and Dr Greg Chass, and will also collaborate closely with the industrial and academic project partners in Cambridge, Granada, Grenoble, Oviedo and Utrecht.

Candidate profile:

The ideal candidate should have a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry or a closely related field (or equivalent qualification and/or experience) and be able to work effectively and independently within a team. Previous experience in advanced characterization techniques (neutron scattering) is essential and experience of THz spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Atomic Force Microscopy and Raman would be desirable. An interest/knowledge in crystal growth and geochemistry are highly desirable.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.


Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Devis Di Tommaso (d.ditommaso@qmul.ac.uk) and Dr Greg Chass (g.chass@qmul.ac.uk). Application enquiries should be directed to recruitment@qmul.ac.uk

To apply, please click on the link below.

The closing date for applications is 19 August 2019. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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