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Senior Research Associate in Heterogeneous Catalysis

School of Engineering
Salary:   £38,205 to £39,347
Closing Date:   Tuesday 02 January 2024
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1323-23

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate post in the Engineering Department at Lancaster University. Lancaster University is consistently in the UK top 15 in three main league tables and has been named International University of the Year 2020 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The aim of the project is to develop a hybrid “heterogeneous and bio- catalytic” approach for chemical synthesis from CO2. This project is funded by the EPSRC UK Catalysis Hub and is in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, University of Utah, and Tianjin University. This project will involve a significant amount of collaboration between the UK and international teams with testing of the developed system being conducted likely in all countries.

The role will encompass:

Conduct research under the supervision of Dr X. Wang in the area of hybrid heterogeneous and bio- catalysis;

Generate experimental results and prepare reports/publications;

Prepare and deliver seminars on the topic of research;

Provide assistance in the day to day running of the research group including supporting PhD and undergraduate research students.

To be considered for this role, you should possess a good degree in either Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or an equivalent subject. You must also have (or be in the process of submitting) an EngD or PhD in a field relevant to heterogeneous or photo catalysis. Experience of catalyst design, preparation, characterisation and testing is essential along with knowledge of reaction engineering/chemistry in general. Experience of enzymatic catalysis, continuous-flow chemistry and DFT calculations is also greatly beneficial. You must have excellent communication and team-working skills, the ability to write high-standard reports and work collaboratively with colleagues to generate high-quality research outputs.

This post is initially funded until 30/11/2024, and available for an immediate start. Interviews will be held in person and/or on-line.

Enquiries should be made to Dr Xiaodong Wang, Engineering Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW, UK; E-mail:

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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