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Senior Research Associate

Salary:   £34,189 to £39,609
Closing Date:   Wednesday 13 February 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A2513-R

This 12-month post is part of an EPSRC-funded project focused on developing A novel coating technology based upon polyatomic ions from plasma.

Whilst Plasma polymerisation (pp) has been widely employed across a range of industrial sectors, a lack of understanding of how to select pathways in the PP processes has inhibited its full potential. This cross-disciplinary, international collaborative (Australia) project builds on the new, exciting finding that in higher pressure plasmas, protonated molecular ions of the starting monomer provide an unexplored route to coatings containing large structural units from the monomer or fragile motifs, as demonstrated with a series of O-containing monomers, the nitrosoxy group and α-bromo-isobutyryl motif.  We will test the hypothesis that through electrical control of the boundary between the plasma and the substrate the ‘bombarding’ ion energies can be reduced and arriving chemistries tailored to be dominated by the intact, protonated monomer.

The project has two aims:

(i) To advance control of PP coating growth through plasma sheath processes, and
(ii) Demonstrate the utility of coatings derived from this regime in Demonstrator Projects. 

In the first year, researchers at Liverpool University (under the guidance of Prof James Bradley) will study the plasma sheath, whilst at Lancaster University in this one year position, we will focus on the assembly and validation of a plasma reactor that is essential similar to the reactor that at as Liverpool. Consequently, we are looking for a researcher with expertise in working with UHV apparatus and advanced instrumentation.

You should also be able to demonstrate a track record of managing external relationships with companies and with academics and completion of projects on time/within budget.  

Lancaster University is consistently highly-ranked (~top 10) 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. 

You should have, or expect to have, a PhD in ideally chemistry or polymeric materials  or a chemically-related sciences, coupled with experience of microbiology, cell culture methods and of the use of plasma technology for thin film coating.

Informal e-mail enquiries prior to making an application are welcome, in which case contact Prof Rob Short (

The Chemistry Department is committed to flexible working on an individual basis, welcome and embrace diversity, and are committed to the Athena SWAN principles. 

This post is fixed term for 12 months.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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