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Research Assistant. Reino Unido

Demanda de Profesionales científicos e intelectuales en Reino Unido

Clasificación del trabajo: Profesionales científicos e intelectuales.


Descripción de la oferta de trabajo:

Contract - This is a full time , fixed term position until 31st December 2021 Location - This position will be based at the Bay Campus, Swansea Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to study surface functionalization of polymer fabrics and ceramics to create superhydrophilic surfaces and their potential application for viral treatment.

You will join a multi-disciplinary research team at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) and work in cutting edge research labs at the Swansea University Bay Campus.

The project is funded in part by Industry and the Welsh Government and is in direct response to Welsh Government targets for rapid response to COVID-19.

In the context of PPE and in building filters a focus will be on creating a functional surface to retain aspirated droplets and trap viruses to make a meaningful contribution to the next generation PPE.

The aim of the project is to apply a chemically functionalized materials to surfaces or directly functionalize the surfaces, combining established expertise within ESRI, with the need to immobilize viruses in filters and masks to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.

This proposal aims at addressing the issue of “essential infrastructure / equipment”, and also the associated “environmental issues”, that result from the COVID-19 epidemic.

Current surgical-style masks (let alone home-made masks) are not effective for either inhibition of aerosol transmission of viruses through the mask or to immobilize the viruses to ensure no subsequent transfer occurs.

The ability to trap viruses in a fabric designed for breathing is difficult because the filter must allow air transmission while trapping viruses; however, trapping of a virus is difficult, due to its dispersion in micron size water droplets (aerosols), which can pass through a fabric and into the respiratory system.

This proposal addresses both of these challenges, while at the same time overcoming the dual issues of scale of manufacture required for traditional surgical style masks for population of Wales (>2 billion masks/year) and the plastic pollution that will result.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and capable high-quality researchers, from across the whole spectrum of academic grades, who will be able to hit the ground running in the lab.

Their tasks will cover a range of research activities from developing the laboratory experiments, model the potential impacts and design and deploy pilot equipment.

Staff will be expected to engage with research active companies and organisations, both in Wales, the UK and around the world, with a view to developing world leading collaborative research projects.

There is 1 position available for this post and we are seeking talented individuals to undertake innovative research.

Person Specification Essential criteria: 1.

A Post Doctorate Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or related field 2.

A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project 3.

Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project 4.

Ability to operate scientific testing equipment 5.

High level of written and oral presentation skills as well as IT skills.


Experience in collaborative projects with industry-academic research partnerships 7.

Willingness to travel to visit companies 8.

An understanding of research funding mechanisms and processes and the ability to develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research.


A commitment to continuous professional development Desirable Criteria 1.

Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.


Experience of working with both industry and academia.


Industry experience in green process technology development and renewables integration.


Awareness and appreciation of innovation activities including research commercialisation and exploitation.


The ability to communicate in Welsh Further Information Informal Enquires: Informal enquires are welcome and should be directed to Professor Andrew R Barron - Closing Date: 11:00pm on Monday 4th January 2021

País del trabajo: Reino Unido.

Número de puestos: 1.

Empleador: Swansea University.

Instrucciones para solicitar:

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Identificador de la vacante:5047649.

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