Employment of Postdoctoral Research Associate (TransFIRe) with NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY

This project is associated with the prestigious EPSRC Transforming Foundation Industries Research Hub (TransFIRE), which will work closely with UK Foundation Industries (glass, ceramics, metals, cement, paper and bulk chemicals) to reduce industrial waste, energy and associated carbon dioxide. emissions. The researcher will have the opportunity to gain invaluable industrial experience by working with our many industrial and academic project partners within a multidisciplinary team on cutting-edge initiatives in sustainable chemistry.

The Department of Applied Science at Northumbria University is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research assistant with a background in chemistry, particularly in relation to sustainable methods and green chemistry which can be applied on an industrial scale to work in part of the UKRI-funded TransFIReResearch project. and innovation hub. TransFIRe is a consortium of 20 researchers from 12 institutions, 49 companies and 14 non-governmental organizations that aims to help basic industries grow and develop new competitive processes while achieving Net Zero 2050 environmental goals. Professor Justin Perry and Dr Matt Unthank from Northumbria University are the Bulk Chemicals Theme Leads, and this position will work on the development and application of new methods and materials that utilize industry expertise combined with that of other basic industries (cement, ceramics, glass, metals and paper).


The role will be primarily lab-based, in the research group of Professor Justin Perry and Dr Matt Unthank, as part of a team of scientists exploring new and sustainable methods in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and materials science with a direct interest for the partners of the industrial project. The appointed PDRA will assist in the design and planning of the experimental work program, be responsible for performing the experiment in the laboratory, be responsible for data collection and analysis, and data collection and reporting. results to the project team at large. The project will develop the incumbent’s research and project management skills and enhance their potential as a future research leader in this sector. TransFIRe has an integrated program of work to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in core industries, and applicants who also wish to work on this aspect of the project are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated researcher with an excellent work ethic and a drive to succeed. They will have previous experience in research (in an academic or industrial setting), writing high-level technical reports and presenting results to colleagues and collaborators. They must be able to work and communicate effectively within a multidisciplinary team and achieve project goals under tight deadlines.

This project is an excellent opportunity for a PhD chemist or materials scientist, ideally with research experience in collaboration with an industrial partner.

For an informal discussion about the position, please contact Professor Justin Perry by email at [email protected]

To apply for this position, please click “Apply Now”and submit a cover letter, CV including research/education statements, and a list of grants and publications. Please highlight your highest quality search results (please indicate a ranking of 1-4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017. In addition, applicants are asked to provide copies of the top 2 results from research (Journal / book chapter / practice If applicable, candidates are asked to combine all of these documents in a single file.

If you are successful in applying for this position, you will be employed by Northumbria University ServicesLimited. Further details are available at https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/work-for-us/nu-services-limited/.

Northumbria University prides and values ​​the quality and diversity of its staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which provides information and support to professional researchers.

Please note that this position will end on 06/03/2022