Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Location
United Kingdom
Posted
Nov 28, 2016
Closes
Jan 04, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
JOB PURPOSE:

To be an active member of a research team assisting in the development of a chemical approach for nutrient removal from waste.
This will involve, polymer synthesis and characterisation, evaluation of nutrient removal using a variety of analytical methods, and the
design of an extraction process for implementation of the produced materials to recovery and recycling of target nutrients from
different waste streams. The post holder will be responsible for the planning and delivery of the research activity within this project so
that the overall research objectives of the project are met. The post is supported by Invest NI via the Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre.

MAJOR DUTIES:

1. To undertake research under supervision of the grant holders within the research project and as a member of a research team.
2. To develop and refine polymer sorbents and an experimental apparatus in order to implement a chemical process for nutrient
recovery from waste.
3. To carry out analyses, critical evaluations, and interpretations using methodologies and other techniques appropriate to the area of research.
4. To present regular progress reports on research to members of the research group and to external audiences to publicise research findings.
5. To prepare in consultation with supervisors and advisory board, material for publication in peer reviewed journals, and
presentations at international conferences and trade shows and to potential commercial partners.
6. To maintain links with collaborators, project mentors and commercial partners.
7. To carry out occasional supervision of other research staff and students associated with the project.
8. To carry out routine administrative tasks associated with the research project to ensure that project is completed on time and
within budget. These will include organisation of project meetings and documentation, financial control, risk assessment of research activities.
9. Any other reasonable duties within the general ambit of the post.

Planning and Organising:

1. To attend and present at the meetings with project collaborators and advisers. Plan for sample collection, processing and analysis.
2. To plan for the use of research resources and laboratory consumables.
3. To plan own day-to day activity within framework of the agreed research programme.
4. To plan in advance to meet deadlines for reports and presentations.
5. To plan in advance for journal publications.
6. To plan commercial activities.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

1. To ensure research resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.
2. To exercise required diligence when using laboratory equipment.
3. To manage resources and time efficiently to ensure timely completion of the planned and agreed tasks.

Internal and External Relationships:

1. To communicate regularly and openly with supervisors regarding the progress of the project.
2. To build internal contacts with colleagues at Queen’s and participate in internal networks to form relationships for future collaboration.
3. To maintain and develop external networks to insure successful dissemination of the project’s outcomes.
4. To contribute to the School’s relationships with external agencies, the international scientific community and potential commercial partners.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:

1. Have or be about to obtain a PhD in polymer chemistry or related area.
2. At least 3 years’ relevant research experience.
3. To have demonstrable experience in the synthesis and characterisation of porous polymer sorbents.
4. A track record demonstrating skills in analytical and/or environmental chemistry.
5. A publication record commensurate with stage of career.
6. Ability to contribute to broader management and administrative processes.
7. Willingness to contribute to the School’s outreach programme.
8. Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the area of chemical analysis.
9. Ability to communicate complex information clearly.
10. Ability to build contacts and participate in internal and external networks.
11. Demonstrable intellectual ability.
12. Ability to assess and organise resources.
13. Ability to work efficiently as a team member and be highly motivated
14. Evidence of willingness to travel and present at international conferences.
15. Willingness to conduct field work. A driving license will therefore be required.

DESIRABLE CRITERIA:

1. Experience in chemical analysis of waste samples, in particular using chromatographic techniques.
2. Experience in processing and characterisation of natural polymers.
3. Knowledge of the scientific literature related to water treatment.