University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Fellow in Applied Surface Science of Solid-Liquid Interfaces

United Kingdom

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Research Fellow in Applied Surface Science of Solid-Liquid Interfaces

Are you a surface scientist looking to develop a career in applied research with societal impact? Are you interested in surface analysis with a world- leading near-ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy facility? Do you want to be part of an interdisciplinary research team developing solutions for sustainable transportation?

The academic team at the University of Leeds is looking to recruit a highly skilled surface scientist to join their multi-institution research collaboration involving several UK universities and a globally leading transportation additives company. You will be responsible for delivering the research activities at the University of Leeds and will contribute to the overall coordination of the collaborative research projects. You will have the opportunity to undertake research visits to all partners, develop new research ideas and deliver results collaboratively. This is a great opportunity for an early-career researcher to develop an original research portfolio and a strong publication record through collaborations with PhD students and academic partners, while demonstrating leadership skills by directing an industry- academia collaboration that is ambitious and will deliver real-world impact.

We are seeking to employ a Research Fellow with an established track record in applying state-of-the-art laboratory and synchrotron-based surface science techniques to examine chemical reactions at interfaces between solids and organic phases, determining the mechanistic physicochemical basis for mitigating against the formation of unwanted organic surface deposits.

You will be part of an established industrial collaboration studying the formation of surface deposits in current and future transportation engines. In situ and operando studies under operational conditions inform the development of fuel and lubricant additives for protecting surfaces, reducing friction and minimizing surface wear. You will be expected to develop this research activity, providing leadership in training of a growing team, but will also have opportunities to collaborate with other surface and interface science research projects that make use of the advanced X-ray analysis infrastructure at Leeds and Diamond Light Source.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Sven Schroeder, Bragg Centenary Chair (email: [email protected])


David Harbottle, Associate Professor (email: [email protected])

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences School/Institute: School of Chemical & Process Engineering Category: Research Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 p.a. Working Time: 37.5 hours per week Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (Up to 2 years - to complete specific time limited work) Release Date: Tuesday 07 May 2024 Closing Date: Thursday 06 June 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: EPSPE1107 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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Research Fellow in Applied Surface Science of Solid-Liquid Interfaces


University of Leeds


United Kingdom


May 08, 2024

Application deadline

June 06, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Engineering,Physics

About the employer

The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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