Vacancy ID:
2709
Location:
Leicester
Department:
Chemistry
Vacancy terms:
Full Time, Fixed Term for 36 months
Salary details:
Grade 7 £34,804 to £40,322 per annum
Hours per week:
37.5
22 Mar 2021
About the role

The UKRI Technology Metals Circular Economy Centre (TechMet) aims to enable more circular approaches to resources in the UK. The centre will maximise opportunities in provision of techmetals essential for low carbon and digital technologies from secondary and primary sources, and lead materials stewardship to maintain them in use at high value. TechMet is a multi-institution consortium between the Universities of Exeter, Leicester, Birmingham and Manchester and the British Geological Survey.

Elements such as Co, Ni, Au, PGMs, REE, Se and Te are found throughout devices such as mobile phones, batteries, solar cells, magnets, printed circuit boards and fuel cells. Their rarity coupled with their high value makes them important elements to recycle. This project will investigate novel methods for recycling materials trying to develop selective dissolution and recovery methods as well as working with manufacturers on device design to make them easier to recycle. This includes aspects such as reversible adhesives and design for disassembly. The project will use a variety of green solvent systems and dissolution methods such as electrocatalysis to delaminate layered structures such as printed circuit boards and battery electrodes. The project will also use life cycle analysis and technoeconomic analysis to assess the impact of the techniques developed compared to conventional technology.

As a Research Associate in the TechMet Centre you will conduct sample preparation, testing and analysis using a variety of electrochemical, thermal, mechanical, spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Working with other members of the team you will prioritise experiments and oversee undergraduate students (BSc/MChem) working in the materials centre. Yo will also be responsible for management of all laboratory facilities to ensure efficient progress towards project goals and compliance with Health and Safety regulations.

About you
You will hold a PhD in Chemistry with experience of laboratory management and the supervision and support of students. With a proven analytical and problem solving capability, you will be pro-active and be motivated by working toward the emergence of new understanding within the field. You'll be a strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, being able to work comfortably both in a team and independently.
 
For more information on the role and its responsibilities please see the Job Summary Form.
Additional information

Informal queries are welcome and can be made to Jasmine Percival on mcpa@leicester.ac.uk.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

We offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here. 


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