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Research Associate in Thermochromic Coating and Nanoparticle Synthesis for Smart Window Applications

Working in the photonic innovations lab at UCL on the ERC starting grant, IntelGlazing.

 Salary - UCL Grade 7 : £34,635 - £41,864 per annum (incl. London Allowance of £3031 per annum)

We wish to recruit a Research Associate with a background in Chemistry and Materials Science from October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter to work in the photonic innovations lab at UCL on the ERC starting grant, IntelGlazing.

The latest forecast by the International Energy Agency predicts that the CO2 emissions from the built environment will reach 15.2 Gt in 2050, double their 2007 levels. Buildings consume 40% of the primary energy in developed countries with heating and cooling alone accounting for 63% of the energy spent indoors.

The objective of InteGlazing is to develop intelligent window insulation technologies using sustainable raw materials. The developed technologies will adjust the amount of radiation escaping or entering a window depending upon the ambient environmental conditions and will be capable of delivering unprecedented reductions to the energy needed for regulating the temperature in commercial and residential buildings

We are looking for a candidate with experience in at least two of the following three areas; i) metal-organic precursor synthesis; ii) thin-film deposition; iii) nanoparticle fabrication and incorporation in polymer hosts. The Research Associate will be responsible for the synthesis of metal-organic precursors and their modification using air-free synthesis techniques. Moreover, the RA will be working on the deposition of vanadium dioxide (VO2) thermochromic coatings on glass substrates and the fabrication of multilayer systems (TiO2, SiO2, Al2O3 and other) by using a variety of techniques, including sol-gel, spin-coating, ALD and CVD. In addition, the RA will be responsible for the fabrication of VO2 nanoparticles (<50nm) and their integration in appropriate polymer host materials. Finally, the RA will be working on the fabrication of core-shell and hollow metal-oxide nanoparticles and their surface modification.

The post is available for a period of 2 years in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available.

Key Requirements

Applicants should have a PhD or working experience in a relevant area of metal-organic precursor synthesis, metal oxide nanoparticle synthesis, nanoparticle modification and functionalisation, embedding of nanoparticles in polymer composites as well as a first degree in a chemical, materials or physical sciences subject.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD, if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B,point 24 – 26 (£30,316 - £31,967 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance of £3031 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Please apply online via UCL Recruitment system.

www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs

Job Reference: 1671024

If you experience any problems please contact Vicky Coombes at v.coombes@ucl.ac.uk quoting Job reference 1671024

Interested applicants are encouraged to make Informal enquiries about the post to Dr. Ioannis Papakonstantinou at

i.papakonstantinou@ucl.ac.uk

Information about the activities of the photonics innovations lab at UCL can be found at www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/pilab

 You can also download a copy of the advert and job description.

Please do not send CV’s direct.

Closing Date: 15th October 2017

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