Research Assistant/Research Associate

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 12th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £27,116-£40,927
  • REF: NQ29000
  • Closes: 12th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Research Associate/Assistant ¿ Synthesis of nanomaterials in flow reactors (Fixed Term)A position is open for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Assistant as part of an EPSRC project at the University of Cambridge in the group Catalysis and Process Integration group led Dr Laura Torrente (

The successful candidate will have a strong background in the synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials and chemical reaction engineering, including a PhD in a relevant area. Experience with working with microreactors and/or flow systems and catalysis will be advantageous.

The aim of the project is the continuous synthesis of nanoparticles and nanostructured materials with controllable sizes and morphologies and the use of novel and environmentally-friendly deep eutectic solvents. The research will involve the design of flow systems, building on the extensive expertise of the group, for the synthesis of nanostructured materials for catalytic applications. Solvent recyclability, particle formation mechanism and morphology control will also be studied. Full physical and chemical characterisation of the resulting materials as well of their catalytic activity will feedback the optimisation of the synthesis.

The ability to work both as part of a team and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, collaborating with academic and industrial partners, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional talks as outlined on the Further Information document.

Fixed-term: 18 months of funding available in first instance.

Applicants should provide a CV, including contact details of three referees and a covering letter describing their suitability for the role.

The closing date for applications is 12th December 2021 with interviews likely to take place on the 17th December.

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For further information contact Dr Laura Torrente (

Please quote reference NQ29000 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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