Vacancy ID:
2711
Location:
Leicester
Department:
Geography, Geology and the Environment
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.
 
The successful candidate for this post will work primarily within the Centre’s Thematic Area 2, exploring Circular Economy principles for primary techmetal raw materials, specifically in a). new methods for evaluation of techmetal endowment of orebodies and mine wastes, and b). developing more sustainable techmetal extraction methods. The former will involve datamining of datasets from industry partners together with analytical work (SEM-based automated mineralogy, µ-XRF, LA-ICP-MS) to determine the mineralogical deportment of techmetals, and to understand the flows of techmetals from ore to mine products and minewaste.
 
Through this analytical work there are opportunities for innovation and shared learning and technology transfer in techmetal characterisation of secondary metal sources in other thematic areas in the Centre that address new recycling technologies. Development of novel sustainable extraction methods will focus on the application of non-aqueous ionic liquids for leaching, in particular Deep-Eutectic Solvents developed at Leicester. These will be investigated to target extraction of elements such as Co and Te, and will be explored for other elements such as Sn and Li. There will also be crossover in techniques with secondary recycling within the Centre. In this role you will collaborate with and support researchers and PhD students in other consortium institutions as well as Leicester to achieve these aims.
About you
You will hold a PhD involving mineral chemistry and/or ore metallurgy (or in a similar area) with knowledge and significant experience of mineralogical and geochemical analysis techniques including Quantitative SEM Mineralogy (e.g. QEMSCAN, Zeiss MINERALOGIC or similar) or LA-ICP-MS. You will also have experience of writing scientific papers and some experience of 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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