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Join SynHiSel

Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your academic research skills to help industry shift towards clean growth, low carbon technologies and efficient use of resources? 

SynHiSel is a £9M, 5 year EPSRC Programme grant bringing together chemical and process engineers, chemists and materials scientists in a national programme linking membrane researchers from Imperial, Manchester, Edinburgh, Queen Mary-London, Newcastle and Bath Universities?

Find out how to join us and how you will be supported. 

Our Ambition

Chemical separations are critical to almost every aspect of our lives, from the energy we use to the medications we take, but consume 10-15% of the total world energy. Highly selective membranes could make these separations 10-times more efficient and save 100m tonnes/year of CO2 emissions annually. More selective separation processes are essential to renewable energy, clean growth, waste recovery, pharma and food processing, water treatment and many others.  As an interdisciplinary group working across chemistry, materials and process engineering. 

We are guided by the ambition to address the biggest environmental, economic and societal challenges of our times, gaining from our collaboration with other SynHiSel Universities and industrial partners to achieve this. Part of our ambition is to develop a new generation of talent in the field, building a cohort of research associates and PhD studentships who will gain the unique experience of working in an interdisciplinary and cross sector team. 

The vision is to support a group that will create the high selectivity membranes needed to enable the adoption of a novel generation of emerging high-value/high-efficiency processes. 

Our Commitment to you

In addition to joining outstanding research groups, you will have excellent support and opportunities for your professional development. We offer annual CPD allowance, all the institutions offer development academies at the research associate and doctoral level and you’ll be encouraged and supported to take part. Tailored activities are planned through SynHiSel including workshops, research exchanges and industrial secondments. Joining a large, multi-partner research project offers exception opportunities to experience interdisciplinary research collaboration as well partnerships beyond academia offering so you can develop your expertise into the areas in which you thrive. 

We strive to be an inclusive programme, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for employees and students, building a research environment and organisational culture that enhances what we can achieve across our community. 

We will make all offers based on your competencies and experience relative to the role. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. 


About You

We are looking for candidates for postdoctoral research associate positions and doctoral research studentships with academic or industrial experience. We are looking for a broad range of expertise, from chemistry to materials science and chemical and process engineering. Knowledge in the field of membrane science and technology is highly desirable.  In addition to technical expertise, we are looking for candidates enthusiastic about working collaboratively across disciplines with an innovative and creative approach to finding solutions. 

Current Opportunities

University of Bath:

If you are interested in joining the SynHiSel programme as a doctoral student, then please do contact us. Details of the Director and Programme Manager, as well as individual investigators can be found at  SynHiSel (

University of Edinburgh: Research Associate in Gas Separation Membranes

University of Bath: PhD 3D printing of membranes
Membranes in the Third Dimension – 3D Printing of Membranes with High Selectivity and Anti-fouling Properties at University of Bath on

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Where you could work

SynHiSel is a collaboration of Universities across the UK.  

For information about the benefits package available across our institutions please use the individual job sites 

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