Research Fellow in transparent self-cleaning coatings

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Job salary
£36,028 - £43,533 per annum
Job term
Duration of the position is for a period of 24 months in the first instance.
Job closing date

We seek to recruit a postdoctoral researcher in a Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers Follow-on project to investigate robust and transparent self-cleaning (superhydrophobic) coatings for solar energy applications.

Our interest spans development of new nanoengineered coatings and synthesis of nanocomposite formulations with due consideration of strategies for robustness such as optical transparency, exposure to elements, mechanical and chemical robustness. Strategies to integrate sustainability aspects in design/formulation and manufacture of robust coatings are also of direct interest to the project.

Some of the research tools (and experimental setups) will need to be developed during the project.

The main purpose of the job is to investigate superhydrophobic surfaces treatment strategies and to design and implement new scalable nanoengineered coatings and their exploitation. The potholder will also be required to work with the project academic and industry partners and deliver coated samples for various translational/exploitation studies and to facilitate the project related reporting responsibilities.

The postholder will be expected to publish high-quality research papers and present research at relevant conferences and professional meetings as well as to provide support in mentorship of PhD, MSc and Undergraduate students. In additional the successful candidate will be expected to to take new initiatives and engage in new research directions, including showing willingness to learn new topics on the job and also occasional teaching  assistance activities and administrative responsibilities.

The candidate with also be liaising directly with project partners from India and Brazil and will have an opportunity to travel to our partner institutions for a fruitful exploitation and testing of the coatings in solar energy harvesting applications.

Key Requirements
Applicants should have a PhD Degree, or be about to submit, in a relevant subject. Experience of  superhydrophobic and nanoengineered surfaces is essential as is an understanding of advanced thermofluid sciences. Basic programming skills (e.g. MATLAB/Python, data acquisition software etc.) are also required, as well as skills in data acquisition software and hardware.
Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to organise and plan work effectively to meet deadlines. Experience of advanced wettability and smart surface design techniques would be desirable.
If the successful candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, appointment will be made as a Research Assistant (Grade 6B). Payment at Grade 7 will be backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections, once the PhD has been awarded. The salary scale for Research Assistant (Grade 6B), point 24-26 is £31,542 - £33,257 per annum.
Further Details
A copy of the job description can also be downloaded below.
Applications should be submitted via the UCL Jobs website
Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about  the post to Professor Ioannis Papakonstantinou : or Professor Manish K. Tiwari,
Any queries regrading the application process can be sent to Vicky Coombes at
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