Research Associate in Responsive Nanocomposites for Sustainable Applications

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
£32,548 to £36,613 per annum
09 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
07 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Seeking motivated and creative materials scientists, chemists or engineers who are interested in developing materials solutions to problems in sustainable energies.

There are two positions available (2 years each initially, with potential for extension to 3 years each), to join a 5-year EPSRC project to develop a new class of smart nanoporous material composites. The project focusses on the development of nanomaterial composites (incorporating porous materials that can safely store fuel gases at exceedingly high densities and a responsive matrix) which will be used to address current challenges in hydrogen storage for renewable energy and low-carbon transportation applications. The project will involve experimental work (materials synthesis, characterisation and testing) and data analysis to improve design of these nanocomposite systems and optimise the gas trapping ability of these systems, to deliver a new class of gas storage systems for a range of practical applications.

The successful candidates will have a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science or Engineering with experience in the synthesis, characterisation and properties testing of porous materials. Good team-work is essential, as is the ability to solve problems and work independently.

The candidates must have excellent communication skills, and proven experience in writing papers and giving conference presentations.
Experience of working in gas sorption, synthesis and testing of porous carbon nanomaterials, zeolites, MOFs or porous polymers is desirable. The project may involve some travel to conferences, for collaborative work and experiments at large scale facilities.

Interviews will take place week commencing 21st May.
For informal enquiries, please contact Valeska Ting ( with a copy of your CV.

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