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Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening postdoctoral scholar position in biotechnology. This position is available for 12 months. Applications are invited up to December 31, 2018.

As part of the Cambridge CARES team, the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is looking for a Research Assistant/Associate to work in the field of electrochemical reactor design and development. The candidate should expect to spend periods of time in Singapore to support the research programmes at the CREATE campus. Your work will support leading-edge research in the fields of electrocatalysis and electrochemical reactor design. The project will focus on the development of new catalytic reactor designs for the direct electro-oxidation of alcohols for fuel cell related applications. One specific target will be the electro-oxidation of glycerol, which is the key by-product of biodiesel production, representing 10 wt% of total product. Hence, conversion of glycerol to high value-added products is one of the key factors for ensuring that biodiesel production remains economically viable and environmentally sustainable. In particular, conversion of glycerol to more valuable C3 oxygenated products is very promising from an industrial point of view.

The focus of this project will be to investigate methods by which we can design and fabricate new devices to optimize selectivity of our heterogeneous catalysts towards specific C3 oxygenated products. Core skills such as reactor development, experience in cleanroom protocols and photolithography would be desirable. The successful candidate will also be involved in supporting the outreach activities of the electrochemical program, which will include helping to prepare appropriate literature and presentations for Masterclass and other outreach activities as they develop. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Adrian Fisher at acf42@cam.ac.uk


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