Research Fellow in the Application of Porous Liquids to Gas Separation

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 per annum
02 Aug 2021
End of advertisement period
16 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Application closing date 16/08/2021
Salary £33,797 per annum
Job category/type Research

Job description

This is a unique opportunity to pioneer a very new type of liquid solvent (porous liquid) toward a critical area of application (CO2 capture). We are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to work with Professor Stuart James (School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering) on a collaborative project with input from industrial partners and other academics, funded by InvestNI.

The project will require you to construct and implement a small-scale test rig on-site for the separation of CO2 from biogas. The system will make use of new porous liquid solvents developed in the James group. You will thus work with the collaborators to demonstrate the applicability of porous liquids to CO2 separation/capture, which also has future implications beyond biogas upgrading. You will have the opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers with input from industrial partners; and benefit from a strong research network. We are also recruiting a Chemistry PDRA who will develop the porous liquid itself. There will be opportunities to liaise directly with the industrial partners, including regular site visits and on-site performance evaluation of the porous liquid.

The successful candidate must have, and you should clearly demonstrate this in your CV/Cover letter:

  • Have or be about to obtain a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related subject.
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent, or higher in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or related subject.
  • At least 3 years recent relevant research experience to include:
    • Recent experimental experience relevant to synthesis and characterisation of microporous solids
  • Publication record commensurate with stage of career.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

Queen’s University Belfast is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to equality of opportunity, fair participation and welcomes applications from all. However, our Fair Employment Equality Monitoring data tells us that individuals from the Protestant faith are also currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications for this role from individuals who identify with these backgrounds and / or communities.

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