Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Chemical Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,199, rising to £39,609 Per Annum for duration of contract

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Wednesday 11 September 2019

Closing date Wednesday 09 October 2019

Interview date Tuesday 29 October 2019

Reference SS6868R

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Photocatalytic Reactors for water purification.

The accumulation of organic micropollutants, drugs, hormones or endocrine disruptors in the environment and in human food supply chain, represents one of the biggest challenges to public health and the environment in the EU and elsewhere. Legacy technology comprising the majority of water treatment plants in the EU and other developed countries cannot remove micropollutants. Photocatalysis is considered the leading technology to treat micropollutants but suffers from a twin-set of limitations that have hindered more widespread adoption so far: Photocatalytic nanoparticles slurries can effectively degrade micropollutants but require costly downstream retention of the particles to avoid their leaching into the environment. Immobilised photocatalysts, on the other hand, have significantly lower activity due to lower contact area and higher light scattering.

This 2-year post-doctoral position is provided as part of FoAMM, a 5-year EPSRC Established Career Fellow in Water Engineering awarded to Prof Davide Mattia. As part of this large project, you will address these twin challenges by focusing on the design of photocatalytic reactors optimised to work with novel photocatalytic foams being developed in our lab. You will be part of a growing team of 5 researchers with complementary expertise in materials, chemistry and photocatalysis.

Expertise: We are seeking an enthusiastic researcher with a track record in reaction engineering, modelling of photocatalytic reactors and/or continuous processes. Please note that this post is not focused on materials synthesis and that expertise in reaction engineering is essential to the post.


You will also be entitled to a very generous 19.5% employer contributory pension (8.8% employee contributions) as well as the following employee benefits: 

  • 39 days holiday pro-rata, (annual leave, discretionary days and bank holidays)
  • A flexible working environment
  • Ofsted outstanding rated onsite nursery
  • Salary exchange scheme (cycle to work)
  • Interest-free loans for public transport seasons tickets and motorcycle purchases for commuting
  • Onsite private and NHS dentist, onsite medical centre
  • Discounted physiotherapy service

For inquiries please contact Prof Davide Mattia, phone: +44(0)1225-383961, email:


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