Research Associate

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Salary: 31,396 to 36,024
Closing Date: Sunday 01 October 2023
Interview Date: Tuesday 10 October 2023
Reference: 0985-23

Project Description

This post is part of a project funded by Lancaster University’s EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).

The project will be focussed on the improvement of properties of biodegradable plastics and development of methods for their chemical recycling. We will investigate the feasibility of the process, the products that are obtained, and their re-polymerization to polymers. The properties of the chemically recycled polymers will be investigated.

You should have a PhD in polymer synthesis, catalysis, or a closely related area, coupled with experience in the synthesis, handling and characterisation of polymers and air- and moisture sensitive reagents. The role will include the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, the preparation of grant proposals and publications, and other laboratory related administrative roles to support the PI and her group. You will have the opportunity to work closely with our industrial partner, particularly with respect to polymer characterisation.

Lancaster University is consistently highly ranked (~top 15) in the UK university league tables and is in the top 1% of universities globally. It is located on a beautiful campus in the North West of England close to the stunning Lake District National Park.

The Chemistry Department is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address equality issues in higher education and research, and we warmly welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Informal e-mail enquiries prior to making an application are welcome, in which case contact Dr Rachel Platel ( ).

This is a is fixed term appointment for 3 months.

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues . We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ’Working at Lancaster’ information page.

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.

We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 239638.