Research Assistant - Design and Commercialisation of Mof Monoliths for Enhanced Gas Uptake and Catalysis

University of Cambridge, UK has an opening postdoctoral scholar position in biotechnology. This position is available for 5 years in the first instance. Potential candidates should apply before October 15, 2018.

The Adsorption and Advanced Materials Laboratory, headed by Dr David Fairen-Jimenez ( in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology (CEB), is looking for two outstanding postdoctoral research assistants/associates for a project involving the design and commercialisation of monolithic metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for gas uptake and catalysis, to start in Q4 2018. The project is funded by Innovate UK to work alongside the spinout company Immaterial Labs Ltd (

This project focuses in the development of monolithic metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) – one of the most exciting developments in recent porous materials science – for industrial applications. A critical bottleneck for the use of MOFs for gas storage and separation has been the development of technologies capable of shaping them in a sufficiently compact form and with robust mechanical and chemical properties. In the last years, we have reported the synthesis of porous monolithic MOFs with 3-4 times the density of standard powders. In a breakthrough development published in Nature Materials, we were able to reach, for the first time, the U. S. Department of Energy target for natural gas storage. This was the highest value reported to date for conformed shape porous solids, and represented a greater than 50% improvement over any previously reported experimental value. These findings represent the power of this platform technologies for high volumetric energy storage and other industrial applications, including catalysis.

The successful candidates must have a strong background in the area of MOF and organic synthesis as well as characterisation techniques, including a PhD (or be close to completing their PhD) in chemistry, materials science or in a relevant physical science discipline. Previous post-doctoral research experience is an advantage. The candidate must be highly motivated and should have a strong academic record in terms of publications. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are also required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives; writing up work for presentations, publications and grant applications; collaborating with academic and industrial partners; assisting in the supervision of PhD research projects, and delivering seminars. It is expected that the candidate will contribute substantially to the future direction of the project. It is also expected that the candidate works at the interface of IMM and UCAM to build research objectives that support IMM’s commercialisation work. Excellent communication skills will be critical to your success in this role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2.5 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.


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