Research Associate: Design of Biocomposites for Food Packaging using Simulation (333564)
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, Scotland
1d ago

undefined Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Department / School Chemical and Process Engineering

Staff Category Research

Type of Employment Fixed-term

Working Hours Full-time

FTE : 1.00

Term : Fixed until 31 / 10 / 2023

Closing Date : 20 December 2020

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position on a UKRI Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging funded project "Biocomposite Design for Food Packaging".

This project will provide an enthusiastic and dedicated candidate with an exciting opportunity to do ground-breaking research in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment.

The successful candidate will work with Dr Karen Johnston and Dr Paul Mulheran within the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (CPE) in collaboration with colleagues doing experimental work, Prof John Liggat in Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and Dr Vitor Magueijo and another PDRA in CPE.

The project aim is to optimise and design sustainable and compostable biocomposites for food packaging focusing on polyhydroxybutyrate-related polymers.

The successful candidate will simulate mixtures of polymers with plasticisers and inorganic filler particles using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with atomistic and / or coarse-grained models.

They will also be expected to link MD simulations to microstructure modelling and analysis for comparison to the experimental results of the collaborators.

Applicants must have a PhD in an appropriate discipline (chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, or related discipline).

They will have expertise in classical molecular dynamics simulations, and data analysis and processing. They will conduct independent research, and have initiative and good organisational skills.

They will have excellent communication and presentation skills to write research results clearly for publications and presentations at conferences.

They will have good interpersonal skills to ensure an efficient and collegial working relationship with experimental collaborators.

As a leading international technological university, Strathclyde is recognised for its world class research, knowledge exchange and educational programmes.

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is one of the largest and most successful engineering faculties in the UK, and the largest in Scotland.

The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering is ranked No. 1 in Chemical Engineering in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2020.

The Department was awarded Bronze Athena SWAN Awards in 2015 and 2018, recognising our commitment to gender equality. We also have a strong commitment to outreach activities through our award-winning ReallySmallScience group and staff and students are encouraged to engage in outreach events to make scientific research more accessible to the wider public.

The University strongly supports continuous professional development and offers a wide range of training in transferable and research skills through the Organisational and Staff Development Unit as well as a mentoring scheme for its research staff through Mentoring Strathclyde.

The successful candidate will have annual career development reviews and will receive career advice and professional support from their supervisor.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Karen Johnston, Lecturer - karen.johnston strath.ac.uk

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