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Research Assistant / Research Associate in Catalytic synthesis of ammonia (Fixed Term)

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 00:00

A position is open for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Assistant as part of an EPSRC project at the University of Cambridge in the group Catalysis and Process Integration group led Dr Laura Torrente (www.capi.ceb.cam.ac.uk) and co-supervised by Prof Geoff Moggridge (www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/directory/geoff-moggridge).

The successful candidate will have a strong background in the synthesis and characterisation of heterogeneous catalysts and/or expertise in chemical reaction engineering, including a PhD in a relevant area. Experience in inorganic chemistry, nitrogen activation and chemical looping would be advantageous.

The aim of the project is the development of catalysts for the synthesis of green ammonia with a focus on the mechanisms of nitrogen activation and the use of readily available materials. The research will involve the investigation of novel ammonia synthesis routes, including chemical looping systems based on metal nitrides and hydrides.

The ability to work both as part of a team and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, collaborating with academic and industrial partners, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional talks as outlined on the Further Particulars document.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date for applications is 11th September 2022.

Interviews are likely to be held soon after the closing date.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Alessandra Uomo at hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Laura Torrente Murciano at lt416@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NQ32642 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Accounts Assistant

Mon, 08/08/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology wishes to appoint an Accounts Assistant to help support our busy finance team.

The successful candidate will undertake the administration of accounts and maintain financial records within the Department in order to contribute to the management of Departmental finances. They will assist in the provision of a largely autonomous accounting and purchasing service, responsible for the processing of about 4500 invoices per annum of total value £2M. Grant income is £6.0M per annum. The postholder will have purchasing responsibility up to £5,000, and will undertake cash management, journal transfers, and various accounting reports.

The postholder will also provide cover in Stores during periods of leave of Stores personnel, assisting members of the Department in the ordering and collection of items.

Educated to A- Level standard or equivalent, the post holder will be expected to have (or be working towards) an appropriate AAT qualification and also have previous experience working in an Accounts environment. In addition the successful candidate would need to demonstrate knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts related to Finance/Accounts Administration.

Excellent communication and organisational skills, and familiarity with Microsoft Office packages will also be expected along with experience of appropriate reporting tools.

Further information about the Department is available from the website: https://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date for applications is 31st August 2022.

Interviews will be held shortly after the closing date.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Alessandra Uomo at hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NQ32616 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant / Research Associate in thermochemical energy storage (Fixed Term)

Wed, 03/08/2022 - 00:00

Energy Reactions and Carriers Group, led by Dr Ewa Marek, is looking for a research assistant/associate to investigate the potential for thermal (TES) and thermochemical (TCES) energy storage to provide services to the grid, and enable wider deployment of renewable energy. The project addresses the need for a low-cost and efficient technology for energy storage on a large scale. The work encompasses fundamental studies in tandem with the development of whole-system modelling of TES and TCES systems. The considered TCES will include various reversible gas-solid reactions, including oxidation/reduction, carbonation/decarbonation or hydration/dehydration.

The work of the post-holder will encompass experiments and process modelling, delivering information for process optimisation and techno-economic analysis. The candidate must be highly motivated and must have a strong academic record. Excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to ensure deadlines are met are a must. Previous experience with storage materials is not required, but examples of previous work researching new materials and modelling gas-solid reactions are welcome.

The project is funded by EPSRC and will involve a close collaboration of the post-holder with partners from the Department of Engineering (University of Cambridge), Imperial College London and the University of Manchester. The PDRA will travel to partners and attend regular meetings, presenting the progress of the work.

More information about the Energy Reactions and Carriers Group is available here: https://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/research/groups/energy-reactions-and-carriers.

More information about the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is available here: https://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

The project offers flexibility in arranging everyday work.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date for applications is 28th August 2022.

Interviews will be held on Friday 2nd September 2022.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Alessandra Uomo at hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NQ32557 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Catering Assistant

Wed, 03/08/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is seeking to appoint a full-time Catering Assistant to help deliver catering services at the Department's building on the West Cambridge Site.

The postholder will undertake general catering duties within the department and tea room, such as preparing and serving food/hot drinks, and ensure food hygiene regulations are met. They will be responsible for cash handling, using the till, handling card payments and assist with cashing up till as required. They might be asked to serve at Department events and restocking the counters and fridges as required.

We are looking for a reliable, friendly and profession individual with great customer service skills and a high level of attention to details. Good communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to work as part of a team and on your own. The post holder will have good organisational skills and the ability to work well under pressure.

Experience in catering is desirable, but full training will be given.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Alessandra Uomo at hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications is 31 August 2022.

Interviews will be held shortly after the closing date.

Please quote reference NQ32538 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Post-doctoral Research Assistant/Associate: Diagnostics for low resource Countries (Fixed term)

Wed, 27/07/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) and Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge have partnered with the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines to investigate nucleic acid diagnostics for resource poor countries. The project is funded in UK by MRC. A research assistant/associate position in Biosensor technologies is available with the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology team, University of Cambridge.

The Collaboration involves the development of a nucleic acid diagnostic for febrile disease outbreaks to enable informed treatment and targeted antibiotic use. The Cambridge team have developed a new multifunctional technology for nucleic acid polymerases which is being integrated into point of care diagnostic platforms for infectious diseases such as Leptospirosis, Malaria, Covid-19. The project bridges manufacturing research with synthetic biology to deliver diagnostics which can be produced in low resource settings. The project is drawing to a close and we seek someone with a small device engineering background to bring together all the strands from the Cambridge team in collaboration with University of Santo Tomas so that a prototype can be demonstrated in the field in the Philippines.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the wider, ongoing integration with teams working in Cambridge and the Philippines, driving the underpinning diagnostic platform research, contributing to key design decisions, and ensuring their realisation. Other activities will include participating in virtual workshops and studies at University of Santo Tomas to transfer the technology from the Cambridge team and provide field experience.

Applicants must have:

1.) A Masters or PhD degree in a relevant discipline such as device related analytical science and manufacturing engineering, diagnostics and device design.

2.) Understanding of nucleic acid amplification methods.

3.) An outstanding publication record or demonstration of excellent research potential for emerging researchers.

4.) Excellent oral and written communication skills.

5.) The ability to work as part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of researchers.

Further information about Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology can be found at http://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/research/groups/rg-cab

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Trish Murray on hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk

Interviews are likely to be held soon after the closing date.

Please quote reference NQ32443 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Laboratory Technician

Mon, 25/07/2022 - 00:00

The Department wishes to appoint a Laboratory Technician to support the laboratories of this multidisciplinary, busy and friendly department, located on the West Cambridge Site. You will advise and assist graduate students and staff in their teaching and research work. The post-holder will provide biological-related teaching and research activities to ensure the smooth running of laboratories and research facilities in the Department. The role holder will contribute to the running and maintenance of biological safety procedures within the department. They will also supervise the work of the Glasswasher and Apprentice, where appropriate. The work involves the ordering and handling of biological/chemicals, ensuring a high standard of housekeeping in the labs and dealing safely with biological waste disposal. You will need good all-round laboratory skills and a good knowledge of laboratory health and safety will be a distinct advantage.

The ideal candidate will already have hands on experience, enabling them to advise on the selection and safe use of biological and will be familiar with specialised experimental and analytical equipment and techniques used in research laboratories, enabling them to train and assist research workers and under/postgraduate students to work safely and effectively. They will also cover for other members of the laboratory team, where necessary and for this some knowledge of the procedures for the disposal of chemical waste would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be educated to at least A level, NVQ level 3 or equivalent in biological subject, and /or have equivalent practical experience gained in research laboratories or similar. They will be well motivated, reliable, be able to work on their own as well as in a team, and be able to give clear instructions to students and researchers. Some late afternoon working will be required to fit in with the needs of students.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Trish Murray on hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk

Interviews are likely to be held soon after the closing date.

Please quote reference NQ32389 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Next generation NMR techniques for decoupling flow & diffusion in porous media

Thu, 21/07/2022 - 00:00

Please note that the application is for a studentship only, and it does not include an offer of admission to the University. The successful applicant would be expected to formally apply for admission and subsequently meet any conditions of admission set forth. Please see our course's minimum admissions criteria before applying for this studentship to see if you would qualify for admission.

Understanding fluid flow in porous media at a hierarchy of different length scales is of fundamental importance in many areas of materials science and industrial process technology. A common measurement problem associated with understanding many of these processes is the decoupling of advective flow and diffusive motion. For example, there is a desire to acquire experimental measurements that separate diffusive and advective flow in, for example, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis which has the potential to produce carbon neutral synthetic fuels when made from green hydrogen. Our recent work1 on FT synthesis can be applied to many areas of heterogenous catalysis to better understand diffusion and mass transfer phenomena that occur within the reactor at the catalyst pellet scale. The information form magnetic resonance studies provides reaction engineers with quantitative information to optimise both reactor design and conditions.

The aim of this project is to develop a range of magnetic resonance techniques which have the potential to separate advective and diffusion mass transport for slow fluid flows (1~10 µm s-1). A number of approaches will be adopted including new experimental methods, non-linear acquisition strategies and novel data processing. The range of experimental approaches will include methods to prolong the lifetime of the NMR signal, such as by magnetic dilution and/or isotopic substitution, and reducing the molecular self-diffusion of the species of interest. These experimental approaches will be combined with the non-linear acquisition and processing strategies. Once optimal methods have been developed and assessed, they will be incorporated into spatially resolved measurements using sensing techniques developed within the group.

The magnetic resonance research centre at the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology in Cambridge is a world class facility housing a vibrant and diverse research group. The are 8 superconducting NMR/MRI instruments along with a number of lower field permanent magnet systems that cover a large range of magnetic fields. This project includes a 3.5 year Ph.D studentship. We will consider applications from outstanding overseas candidates.

  1. 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c04295; 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c04295; 10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c07440; 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b05600

To be considered for the studentship, please email the following to Mrs Amanda Taylor (at481@cam.ac.uk) by 14 August 2022. We are unable to consider incomplete or late applications.

1.) Please ensure that you meet our minimum admissions criteria before applying for this studentship. If your degree(s) was completed outside the UK, please also check the International Qualifications to ensure your final mark is equivalent to a High 2.i or a First.

2.) Please ensure you put the Vacancy reference number (NQ32334) in the subject line of your email.

3.) Copies of your transcripts for your Bachelor's degree, Master's (if applicable), and/or any other completed degrees.

4.) Your CV

5.) The name, including title (eg Prof, Dr, Ms, etc.) and email addresses of two referees who would be able to comment on your suitability for the post. Please visit the Referees section of the Admissions website to see who can serve as a referee.

Please quote reference NQ32334 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Understanding carbon sequestration in porous media: sustainable CO2 storage

Thu, 21/07/2022 - 00:00

Please note that the application is for a studentship only, and it does not include an offer of admission to the University. The successful applicant would be expected to formally apply for admission and subsequently meet any conditions of admission set forth. Please see our course's minimum admissions criteria before applying for this studentship to see if you would qualify for admission.

The consequences of increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere leading to global climate change present a clear challenge to the industrial and academic research communities. An exciting potential solution is carbon capture and storage (CCS). After capturing CO2 at its source, it must then be stored (sequestered) in a long term and stable environment. One such method involves the storage of CO2 at supercritical conditions (SC) in bedrock formations and depleted natural gas reservoirs. It is imperative for the long term viability and safety of such sequestration that the underlying chemistry and physics of the interactions between SC-CO2 and the formations they reside in are thoroughly characterised and understood.

The aims of this project will be to use the non-invasive technique of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the behaviour of SC-CO2 in a variety of model porous systems under realistic conditions. Magnetic resonance provides incredibly rich and diverse data that delivers unparalleled information for both physical and chemical processes via non-invasive, chemically specific measurements of mass transport and molecular properties.

As part of a successful team, you will be initially be involved in the construction and commissioning of a magnetic resonance compatible SC-CO2 rig. You will also learn and develop appropriate advanced magnetic resonance experimental techniques for application to SC-CO2 in porous media. You will then use these techniques to develop a greater understanding of in-situ phase behaviour of SC-CO2 and its interaction with the surrounding solid porous matrix.

The magnetic resonance research centre at the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology in Cambridge is a world class facility housing a vibrant and diverse research group. The are 8 superconducting NMR/MRI instruments along with a number of lower field permanent magnet systems which cover a large range of magnetic fields. This project includes a 3.5 year Ph.D studentship. We will consider applications from outstanding overseas candidates.

To be considered for the studentship, please email the following to Mrs Amanda Taylor (at481@cam.ac.uk) by 14 August 2022. We are unable to consider incomplete or late applications.

1.) Please ensure that you meet our minimum admissions criteria before applying for this studentship. If your degree(s) was completed outside the UK, please also check the International Qualifications to ensure your final mark is equivalent to a High 2.i or a First.

2.) Please ensure you put the Vacancy reference number (NQ32336) in the subject line of your email.

3.) Copies of your transcripts for your Bachelor's degree, Master's (if applicable), and/or any other completed degrees.

4.) Your CV

5.) The name, including title (eg Prof, Dr, Ms, etc.) and email addresses of two referees who would be able to comment on your suitability for the post. Please visit the Referees section of the Admissions website to see who can serve as a referee.

Please quote reference NQ32336 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Finance Co-ordinator

Wed, 29/06/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is seeking to recruit a dedicated, versatile and proactive Finance Co-ordinator. This is an exciting position which will support the Finance Manager in providing specialist financial administration, reporting and grant-costing services to research and academic staff across the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

The ideal candidate will have relevant practical experience of finance planning and analysis work within an Accounts setting. You will have the ability to prioritise work, maintain accuracy, excellent analytical skills, organisation skills and attention to detail and work to tight deadlines. You will have excellent Accounting skills including competence in IT packages such as Word, Excel and Outlook.

You will be expected to:

  • Manage and monitor grant expenditure against budgets.
  • Raise complex research grant applications via the University's costing tool.
  • Carry out Accounts Payable and purchasing duties including receiving requisitions from staff and students and placing orders on iProcurement.
  • Carry out Accounts Receivable duties including raising any customer invoices, credit notes and resolving queries.
  • Month end procedures.
  • Process expense claims for Department staff and students.
  • Perform payroll duties for casual employees and workers in the department.
  • Support the training of new members of the team on University finance systems and in all Accounts processes.
  • Deputising for Departmental Finance Manager in their absence.
  • Occasional cover for running of Stores and taking delivery of goods.

To be considered for this position, you must:

  • Have experience of finance planning and analysis work with an Accounts setting.
  • Be educated to 'A' level standard or equivalent. AAT qualification would be an advantage.
  • Possess excellent knowledge and understanding of financial procedures, preferably in a higher education environment.
  • Have excellent IT skills. High level of competence in interpretation and manipulation in excel for financial reporting. A high level competence in Oracle Finance systems would be an advantage.
  • Have excellent analytical and organisational skills, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Have good interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate clearly with staff at different levels on financial matters.
  • Have a flexible approach with a willingness to take on additional accounts duties as required.

Informal enquiries on the role can be made to Womba Lagrue, Finance Manager, at wl420@cam.ac.uk.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department/institution/Faculty/School/University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Alessandra Uomo at hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications is 31 July 2022.

Interviews will be held shortly after the closing date.

Please quote reference NQ32000 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Apprentice Accounts Assistant (Fixed Term)

Fri, 24/06/2022 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) is seeking an enthusiastic and proactive Apprentice Accounts Assistant. The purpose of the role is to assist in the administration of accounts and maintenance of financial records within the department. This is in order to contribute to the management of departmental finances.

The Apprentice will be a part of the Accounts Section and will therefore study the AAT Level 3 qualification, while learning about the various Accounting functions including Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.

This opportunity will give you real life experience processing invoices for the department as well as expense claims for staff and students in the University environment. Other duties will include petty cash maintenance and occasional cover for Stores.

The individual will also be required to provide other support as required by the Departmental Finance Manager.

Becoming an apprentice at the University of Cambridge is a great opportunity to gain practical experience and training while completing your studies. You will learn on the job by working with experienced finance professionals in a higher education environment and have allocated study time to complete course work. You will contribute to the daily organisational tasks of a highly successful finance function within the department.

We are looking for an individual with excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing. We are also looking for the ability to work well within a small team. You must have a keen interest in knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts related to Finance / Accounts.

To be considered for this position, you must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs or the equivalent at Grade C/4 or above, including Maths, Science and English.

If you have queries regarding the application process please contact Karen Langford, HR Manager, email: hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2022

Interviews will take place in early August 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries on the role can be made to Womba Lagrue, Departmental Finance Manager, email: wl420@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ31843 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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