Funded by Innovate UK, this exciting research project will be carried out in collaboration with Arda Biomaterials Ltd and Queen Mary University of London. The post holder will chemically characterise the biomaterials and experimentally and computationally analyse the biodegradability and sustainability of a novel composite layered, plastic-free leather alternative. Laboratory experiments include the chemical composition analyses of waste resources and biodegradability tests on novel materials. Building upon experimental data and collaboration, the appointee will construct life cycle assessment model to quantify the environmental profiles of the novel material. The research will lead to fundamental understanding of the dynamics and biodegradability of the new materials under aerobic and anaerobic conditions as well as the material recovery potential at the end of life. The modelling work will inform the design and further process optimisation.
This post is available from 1st March 2024 and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 13 months, or until 31st March 2025
This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent
- Chemical characterization using analytical chemistry equipment e.g. liquid chromatography
- Biodegradability tests using chemostat suite and monitor the gas composition and soluble organics and nutrients.
- Informed by experimental data to build life cycle assessment model using OpenLCA to quantify the environmental footprint of new material.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
1. PhD in Chemical Engineering
2. Proficient in analytical experiments and equipment
3. Knowledge in life cycle assessment modelling
4. Excellent skills in communication and presentation
5. Capacity in independent research
6. Capability in collaboration in dynamic and cross-disciplinary environment.
7. Highly motivated and enthusiastic to deliver research within timeline
1. Academic writing skills and experience in research proposal development
* Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.