University of Cambridge

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A position exists, for a part-time PhD student/Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to work with Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa on the EC-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie ‘SMARTINCS’ European Training Network (ETN). SMARTINCS aims to develop self-healing multi-functional advanced repair technologies in cementitious systems; more information at: http://www.smartincs.ugent.be/.

The project is sponsored and will be carried out in close collaboration with Micropore Technologies Ltd.

The ESR will explore and scale up the new and promising technique of membrane emulsification for the production of capsules with functionalised surfaces. The postholder will be located at the Civil Engineering Building, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA, while at Cambridge and at Micropore Technologies Ltd, Wilton Centre, Redcar, TS10 4RF, while at their host organisation.

The key responsibilities include: (1) investigation of the key multiple variables for the continuous production of microcapsules using membrane emulsification, (2) investigation, characterisation and optimisation of shell and cargo materials and surface functionalities for multiple triggers and (3) centrifuge testing for long-term effectiveness.

In addition, the ESR will be expected to: (1) attend secondments at SMARTINCS academic and industrial partners, (2) attend SMARTINCS training schools, (3) report and present research work at SMARTINCS events and (4) plan and co-ordinate own research activity in collaboration with the other SMARTINCS ESRs.
Salary: €54,857.52 + allowances (GBP converted equivalent)
Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) a masters degree (or equivalent) in chemical or environmental engineering or related sciences including chemistry or materials science, with a high II.i Honours or international equivalent. Applicants must have a strong interest in manufacturing and scaling up of chemical processes.

Applicants must (at the time of recruitment by the host organisation) not have more than 4 years’ (full-time equivalent) research experience and not yet hold a PhD. Researchers can be of any nationality and are required to undertake transnational mobility. Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their recruitment.

The successful applicant must have received an employment offer by Micropore Technologies Ltd.

Applications should be emailed to smartincs@ugent.be with SMARTINCS ESR2 in the email subject line. Please address your submission to the SMARTINCS recruitment co-ordinator Professor Kim Van Tittleboom, Ghent University.

Applications must include the following documents:
– a personal (motivation) letter and a Curriculum Vitae.
– a copy of degree certificates and associated certificates.
– transcript of records of the bachelor and master curriculum.
– a copy of degree projects and any previous publications.
– proof of English language skills, please see minimum requirements at
https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international/competence-english
– two recommendation letters (or the names and e-mail addresses of two referees).

Applications must arrive no later than 15 February 2020.

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. Candidates will need to apply separately for admission through the University’s Graduate Admissions application portal; this can be done after applying for this funding opportunity. Note that there is a £65 fee for PhD applications. The applicant portal can be accessed via: www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdpeg. The deadline for the PhD applications is 30 March 2020.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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About Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

The Department of Biochemistry is a member of the School of the Biological Sciences and one of the largest departments in the University of Cambridge. The Department is especially strong in research with investigators of international standing in a wide range of disciplines including structural biology, molecular enzymology, cell signalling and control of gene expression, molecular microbiology, plant molecular biology and bioenergy, cancer and cardiovascular biology. We also have a strong cohort of independent research fellows with funding from the Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, BBSRC and MRC. The Department houses multiple core facilities funded by Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and MRC to support modern biomolecular research, including 800MHz NMR, state-of-the-art X-ray crystallography, protein chemistry, mass spectrometry, metabolomics and advanced services for protein and nucleic acid sequencing. In collaboration with the Department of Genetics we have also established the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, which hosts genomics, proteomics and associated bioinformatics. We also participate in the Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute , the Cambridge Cancer Centre and other major research initiatives.