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Research Scientist

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
21 Jun 2024


The new Research & Innovation Center for Graphene and 2D Materials (RIC2D) at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi is seeking an inspirational, innovative and enterprising researcher particularly interested in working with industry. These are exciting opportunities in a fast innovative technology for an individual who wants to be part of creating a new ecosystem in Abu Dhabi, leading advanced materials to industry through innovation, research and collaboration.

We are seeking a post-doctoral research fellow with experience in graphene and other 2D materials applications specifically in concrete and construction materials/composites. We need an individual who will think beyond writing academic papers to develop solutions that could lead to the mass production of innovative solutions.

You need to have an outstanding research track record with clear interest in applied research and even an entrepreneurial flair. Ideally you will be able to join us quickly.

Job Purpose

Ambitious and highly skilled scientist/engineer to engage in R&D at the leading edge of graphene and 2D materials science. The post will be involved in conducting a number of applied projects working in partnership with academic leads and a diverse range of industrial partners looking to investigate the use of graphene, 2D materials and other advanced materials. We are seeking a researcher with expertise and experience in the application of 2D materials specifically in concrete/construction. The post will be based within RIC2D at Khalifa University and support project delivery in the newly built facility with state of the art equipment.

Operational Responsibilities

  • Provide research development analysis for specific application projects including the delivery and reporting of all technical activities within a designated area of the RIC2D lab.
  • Be a technical expert in an application domain, with some ‘cross training’ and familiarity with at least one other lab application.
  • Provide support to ensure that all activities undertaken in a lab are fully and adequately planned, projected and organized.
  • Ensure that all activities are undertaken to strict health and safety requirements.
  • Participate in exploratory meetings with prospects and third parties and contribute to proposed development plans (including costings and pricing suitable for quotes and proposals where necessary).
  • Liaise with relevant academics with experience and expertise to develop strong and effective working relationships with them, their research groups and activities.
  • Contribute to a database of relevant material and case studies as a resource for RIC2D.
  • Write end of project reports.
  • Work closely with colleagues to ensure best practice is captured and communicated across the GEIC’s activities.
  • Be familiar with and provide guidance and expertise relating to existing and emerging standards (and other trade/sector/industrial activities) that have an impact on RIC2D and 2D material applications.
  • Identify, source, maintain and upgrade lab equipment (with supervision from the lab manager) and allocate time on all equipment in an optimum and effective manner.
  • Be responsible for maintaining & performance of all equipment within a lab, ensuring it is available for use with a minimum of interruption and down time in conjunction with the Lab Manager.
  • Undertake data analysis to support the activities of project work from faculty and industry partners.
  • Work with RIC2D lead to support responses to opportunities involving commercial engagements in a timely and professional manner, at all times working to ensure the reputation of RIC2D and Khalifa University.
  • Contribute to other activities within RIC2D including (but not limited to) exploratory projects, consultancy, training, studentships and collaborative projects.


Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or related field.

Required Experience

  • Proven R&D experience within industrial or scientific settings (at least 5 years) preferably in graphene, advanced carbons and 2D materials.
  • Proven experience in testing and analysing materials and using analytical results to make informed decisions to improve/optimise production process conditions. Incorporation of functionalised and non-functionalised materials into coatings and inks.
  • Ability to plan, organize, co-ordinate and execute to ensure the production of the agreed deliverables to the project plan.
  • Good problem-solving skills and creative approach to research & development.
  • Ability to work to deadlines, potentially on multiple projects and ability to prioritise accordingly.
  • Experience working with confidential data.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to deal with both scientific and commercial issues authoritatively.
  • Ability to understand key technological aspects of science and engineering and be able to communicate them to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability and motivation to set goals and meet targets in a market-led environment working across a broad range of industrial sectors.
  • Self-motivation and the capability of being team player as well as team leader.
  • The ability to demonstrate an adaptable and flexible approach to work in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Experience in managing health and safety in a laboratory or production environment.
  • Business development skills, and strong commercial and financial acumen.
  • Understanding of issues concerning ownership of intellectual property.
  • Contacts with research active organisations outside the university environment.

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