Newcastle University has an exciting opportunity for highly-talented, ambitious scientists or engineers with a demonstrable track record (suitable for your career stage) that is based upon collaborative, thought-provoking laboratory research aligned with the Materials, Concepts and Reaction Engineering Group. The successful applicant must have experience in laboratory experiments with ion-conducting ceramic membranes or molten salts, and, in addition, experience in one of the following: carbon dioxide separation processes; experimental study of gas-solid and/or gas-liquid reactions; experimental study of ion transport processes. The role will be to fabricate and characterise supported molten-salt membranes , which will include inorganic materials synthesis, gas sorption/permeation testing, and (typically via external collaboration) inorganic materials characterisation (diffraction, tomography, microscopy, spectroscopy, surface area and porosity analysis etc).
The Materials, Concepts and Reaction Engineering Group is inherently multi-disciplinary, across chemical engineering, chemistry, and materials science. Typically, there are ~15 members at one time, which allows the formation of a tight-knit, collaborative, and supportive environment. The successful applicant will be encouraged to work across different projects and to supervise PhD and undergraduate students, whilst also being given the freedom to pursue their own interests (subject to delivering the key laboratory, experimental goals of the funded projects).
Career aspirations will be supported, whether that is building a research track record, seeking a position in industry, or launch an independent academic career. There will be opportunties for collaborative research (including travel to partner universities) and researcher development training as part of multi-institution cohorts. Additionally, there is financial support to attend national and international conferences. Previous group members work in leading companies, hold prestigious research fellowships, and have started their own research groups.