UK: Research Associate in Polymer Nanocomposite Membranes at University of Cambridge

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Salary: £27,854-£36,298

Reference: KA01774

Closing date: 25 October 2013

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Description:A position exists for a Research Associate in the Biological and Soft Systems Sector of the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, commencing late 2013.  The project will be in the general field of polymer membranes and nanocomposites, looking specifically at the applications of these materials to separation technologies, battery and fuel cell technologies.

Eligibility: The successful candidate should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Physics related to polymer membranes and must have a strong publication record. Preference will be given to candidates with experience or expertise in the fields of microporous polymer membranes, polymer nanocomposite, fabrication of polymer and nanocomposite membranes for gas sorption and separation, thin film coating, techniques for characterization of materials (GPC, FTIR, XRD, BET, SEM, TEM), design and construction of membrane gas separation units, transport systems and molecular-separation processes, and fluent with molecular dynamics simulations and related software (ideally, Materials Studio). Preference will be given to candidates whose previous published work demonstrates a fundamental understanding of polymer structure and molecular transport physics. In addition, the candidate should have a proven competence in design and synthesis of layered double oxide and metal oxide materials and their technological applications in chemical looping redox cycles for air separation and oxygen production. The work will attempt to understand the fundamental physics of the materials and the relationship with their performance in separation, and oxygen production for battery and fuel cell technologies.

Informal enquiries: on the scientific aspects of the work can be sent to Dr Easan Sivaniah (

To Apply: Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a completed CHRIS/6 cover sheet (Parts 1 and 3 only) (downloadable from the Apply link below),  with details of two referees should be sent to Ms Kimberly Cole (Sector Administrator), Biological and Soft Systems Sector, The Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE, U.K. or by e-mail:

Please quote reference KA01774 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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