University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth

Research Fellow - Materials Science

United Kingdom

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Research Fellow - Materials Science


Nanomaterials for the selective capture of waste volatile anaesthetics project: This project has received funding as part of the ““Flexible, agile, scalable and sustainable medicines manufacturing” call,” funded by Innovate UK. It aims to encourage the development and adoption of flexible, agile, scalable and sustainable technologies (FASST) for the development and manufacture of medicines, responding to an urgent need to decarbonise the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, promoting NetZero adoption.

This post will offer an exciting opportunity to engage with pharmaceutical and healthcare industry partners (and policymakers) and work across the region, linking to several decarbonisation activities currently being delivered at the University of Plymouth (Clean Maritime - University of Plymouth and CDORE - University of Plymouth). With experience and ideally a track record of working with nanomaterials design, synthesis and testing, the ideal candidate will enjoy working with others to define the best solutions for the implementation of nanomaterials in real-world high-throughput deployment settings, for the selective capture and recovery of high-value, waste anaesthetic compounds, with minimal loss of performance.

Experience of laboratory work, nanomaterials synthesis, characterisation (XRD, XRF, FT-IR, electron microscopy, N2/Hg porosimetry, Thermogravimetric analyses) and subsequent testing methodologies (Gas chromatography, breakthrough curve adsorption testing) is advantageous for this role. There is a requirement within this role that some travel may be required to collaborate with project partner, Sagetech Medical (based in Paignton), which may not be easily accessible by public transport. Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training, and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Design, synthesise and characterise a series of novel, functionalised nanomaterials with tailored surface characteristics for compound-specific adsorption and recovery.
  • Determine the operational parameters for optimal anaesthetic compound capture, utilising these parameters to further inform material/process design.
  • Where appropriate, the determination and quantification of nanomaterial deactivation phenomena (as a function of time-on-stream), and creation of solutions to mitigate these processes.
  • Liaise with other team members and assist with the coordination of the project.
  • Analyse and present to stakeholders, scientific, industrial, and public audiences.
  • Write research reports and manuscripts.
  • There is an essential requirement within this role that you will be required to travel to and work at different University sites and/or other business locations that may not be easily accessible by public transport. Please refer to the job description for further information.

    For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Dr Lee Durndell, by email at [email protected]

    Interviews are likely to take place on Wednesday 15th May 2024 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

    This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis until 31st December 2025 subject to funding.

    Flexible working options including job share will be considered.

    We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities. A summary of our comprehensive benefits can be viewed here.

    The University of Plymouth has a strong interdisciplinary research ethos which is supported by our three strategic Research Institutes; the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Earth Institute, and the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research. As a member of our academic community, you'll be expected to contribute to our recognised research strengths. Working holistically across the University, you will be challenged to innovate, collaborate and deliver impactful research contributions as part of a systems thinking approach to addressing today's global challenges.

    The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity & adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages

    We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+.

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    Research Fellow - Materials Science


    University of Plymouth


    United Kingdom


    March 29, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 02, 2024

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    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Engineering,Geosciences,Physics

    About the employer

    The University of Plymouth is a public university that was established in 1862 as a polytechnic institute. The institute gained the status of a university in 1992 and is also the first contemporary university to start a private medical and dental school. It is affiliated to ACU, EUA, CHUC, and Universities UK. The university has academic collaborations with several renowned institutes including GSM London, Highlands College, Weymouth College, Strode College, City of Bristol College, and Exeter College.

    Notably, the main campus of the university dwells at the center of Plymouth. It includes academic buildings, libraries, laboratories, and student residence halls. The main campus is home to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business, Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Health, as well as the University of Plymouth Students’ Union. The North Plymouth campus hosts the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences. The Roland Levinsky Building, a 9-story structure, houses a public art gallery, digital media suites, and three performance rehearsal studios.

    The Charles Seale-Hayne Library with 24x7 accessibility houses more than 350,000 books, e-books, journals, and additional resources for research, learning, and teaching. The primary mode of transport in the campus involves cars and two-wheelers. Also, the nearest railway station is just a few minutes’ walk from the campus.

    The academic structure of the university is organized into faculties, each of which comprises a number of schools that offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral-level degree programs in various disciplines. The Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and business offer degrees in English, art history, architecture, fine art, photography, media arts, dance, theatre, and music. Plymouth Business School is part of the University of Plymouth's Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and the School offers undergraduate and postgraduate (masters) degrees, is research active, and works in partnership with industry and organizations across the world. The Faculty of Health comprises the former University of Plymouth Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and offers degree programs in social work, and medical sciences. The Science and Engineering Faculty offers degrees in mathematics, computing, environmental sciences, and also professional diving.

    The University of Plymouth is a three-time winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, most recently in 2019 for marine microplastic pollution research. The university has over 19000 students and 2,500 staff members. The student population of the university comprises of 3,000 international students from 100 countries. In addition to that Over 4,500 students per year benefit from placements and work-based learning.

    The university has many distinguished alumni who are leaders and have received awards in their fields. The alumni list of the university includes Sebastian Clover (the youngest sailor to cross the Atlantic Ocean), Monty Halls (A Wildlife Presenter at BBC), Jane Wilson-Howarth (Physician and a Travel-Writer), Mandy Chessell (Computer Scientist), Clare Nasir (Meteorologist), Darren Jones (MP for Bristol North West), and Jaka Aryadipa Singgih (Indonesian Politician and Entrepreneur).

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