Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Senior Research Associate in Heterogeneous Catalysis

United Kingdom

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Senior Research Associate in Heterogeneous Catalysis

School of Engineering Salary: £38,205 to £39,347 Closing Date: Sunday 10 December 2023 Interview Date: Tuesday 19 December 2023 Reference: 1323-23

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate post in the Engineering Department at Lancaster University. Lancaster University is consistently in the UK top 15 in three main league tables and has been named International University of the Year 2020 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The aim of the project is to develop a hybrid “heterogeneous and bio- catalytic” approach for chemical synthesis from CO2. This project is funded by the EPSRC UK Catalysis Hub and is in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, University of Utah, and Tianjin University. This project will involve a significant amount of collaboration between the UK and international teams with testing of the developed system being conducted likely in all countries.

The role will encompass:

Conduct research under the supervision of Dr X. Wang in the area of hybrid heterogeneous and bio- catalysis;

Generate experimental results and prepare reports/publications;

Prepare and deliver seminars on the topic of research;

Provide assistance in the day to day running of the research group including supporting PhD and undergraduate research students.

To be considered for this role, you should possess a good degree in either Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or an equivalent subject. You must also have (or be in the process of submitting) an EngD or PhD in a field relevant to heterogeneous or photo catalysis. Experience of catalyst design, preparation, characterisation and testing is essential along with knowledge of reaction engineering/chemistry in general. Experience of enzymatic catalysis, continuous-flow chemistry and DFT calculations is also greatly beneficial. You must have excellent communication and team-working skills, the ability to write high-standard reports and work collaboratively with colleagues to generate high-quality research outputs.

This post is initially funded until 30/11/2024, and available for an immediate start. Interviews will be held in person and/or on-line.

Enquiries should be made to Dr Xiaodong Wang, Engineering Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW, UK; E-mail: [email protected]

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    Senior Research Associate in Heterogeneous Catalysis


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    November 20, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 10, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Engineering,Physics

    About the employer

    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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