Research Fellow at University of Aberdeen

We are seeking to recruit a suitably qualified chemical engineer or chemist with a strong background in plasma catalysis to join a vibrant research team under the supervision of Dr Panagiotis Kechagiopoulos at the School of Engineering. This post is supported by a UK Catalysis Hub Research grant which aims at identifying optimal catalysts and conditions under which the plasma-catalytic dry reforming of biogas to useful products can be achieved efficiently and with good selectivity. The project will also involve the design of methodologies to record optical emission spectra during the plasma-catalysis experiments, with the aim of identifying intermediates and products of the reaction, thereby allowing to identify reaction mechanisms and product distributions and yields.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing catalysts and setting up methodologies for experiments in non-thermal plasmas and for the development of optical and electrical diagnostics for the characterization of the plasma. The ideal candidate will have experience in plasma catalysis. Additional experience with the application of optical emission spectroscopy will be valued.

Training will also be provided to enable the candidate to extend and complement their existing skills. This is a full-time post for a fixed term of 12 months.

The candidate is expected to have a PhD, or about to submit their thesis, in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or similar with a strong background in plasma catalysis and the application of optical emission spectroscopy to the in-situ study of plasmas.

The candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Self-motivation and an excellent work ethic are also essential for this post.

The candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Self-motivation and an excellent work ethic are also essential for this post as well as good interpersonal, organisational, and communication skills to ensure efficient working within the wider team.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on Grade 6, £34,304 Р£36,382 per annum with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Panagiotis Kechagiopoulos, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, e-mail:  p.kechagiopoulos@abdn.ac.uk

For more information and to apply visit https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CRI552/research-fellow

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