Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to carry out research on the development and application of computer-aided molecular design techniques to the discovery of surfactant molecules.

Duties and responsibilities

The post holder will be working at the interface between process systems engineering and property prediction, developing novel approaches to design surfactants for specific applications. The models will combine first-principles elements (including molecular simulations carried out by collaborators) with mechanistic and data-driven approaches. The project is part of a high-profile large-scale industry-academia partnership (part of the Prosperity Partnership scheme of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences research council) and post holder will interact with a multi-disciplinary team of modellers and experimentalists across Imperial College, Durham University, the University of Salamanca and with the industry partner, Procter & Gamble. The post holder will join the group of Professor Claire Adjiman and be affiliated with the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering.

Essential requirements

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in chemical engineering, physics, chemistry or another relevant topic and have expertise and experience in computer-aided molecular design and optimisation techniques and algorithms (e.g., MINLP, global optimisation) The applicant will be proficient in a programming language. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, a proven track record of scientific publishing, and the ability to exercise initiative and judgement in carrying out research tasks.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.

Further Information

The post is available as soon as possible for 12 months.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Claire Adjiman ()

To apply, please click the Apply Now button at the top of the page. You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG02015. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

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Closing date: Midnight on 31st March 2022

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