Consulting Scientist in Nano-carbon Electrochemical Sensors/ Capacitive Deionisation

AquAffirm provides a dynamic and collaborative environment for researchers and engineers to excel at their careers. We work on big problems with real world significance and impact. Our globally-recognized scientists and engineers pursue innovations across multiple expertise areas to solve complex challenges in the water sector, which range from water reuse optimisation software through to point-of-use testing solutions and contaminant removal technologies.

AquAffirm has one full-time Consulting Scientist role in Nano-Carbon Electrochemical Sensors/ Capacitive Deionisation available. The Consulting Scientist will join a brand new project working to develop next generation water purification and sensing technologies. The Scientist will operate with a high degree of autonomy and be responsible for the delivery of the research program as part of a team and in conjunction with Imperial College London.

The successful applicant will have a strong background in Electrochemistry, Batteries, Capacitators or Sensors with experience in Capacitive Deionisation and/or water purification considered advantageous but not essential. Industrial research and development experience or conducting translational academic research would also be beneficial. Additionally, the successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and will have an ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

The role requires use of the candidate’s own initiative to ensure that all projects are delivered on time, within the scope and in required quality. Confidence in working in a busy, business-focussed environment with highly-skilled and motivated individuals, coupled with the ability to handle pressure on occasions is essential. The appointment will start as soon as possible and is subject to receipt of satisfactory references. The position is a year in length with the possibility for extension based on availability/ project success.

Duties and Responsibilities:

– this is primarily a laboratory based position requiring design, fabrication and characterisation of nano-carbon electrochemical sensors/ capacitive deionisation electrodes in collaboration with Imperial College London
– to take initiative in the planning of the work, in collaboration with the project manager and collaborators at Imperial College London
– to identify and develop suitable techniques for the collection and analysis of data relevant to the project aims
– to ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
– to maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
– to work with and manage project subcontractors
– to travel, as required, for meetings with collaborators, to conduct field trials, and to attend project progress meetings
– to prepare progress reports on research as required
– to contribute to the drafting and submitting of papers to peer reviewed journals and patent applications
– to undertake appropriate administration tasks associated with the project
– to comply with relevant AquAffirm policies, including Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Information Systems Security Policy and Intellectual Property Rights and Register of Interests Policies
– to be responsible for ensuring that equipment is safe and maintained in working order
– the post holder will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by AquAffirm

All candidates qualified/soon to be qualified at PhD level in Electrochemistry, Batteries, Capacitors and Sensors will be considered.

Knowledge / Experience

– experience in electrochemical sensors is essential
– experience in electrochemical analysis is essential
– experience in experiment design is essential
– practical experience within a strong research environment, either academic or industrial is essential
– ideally applicants will have experience in electrochemical simulation and advanced electrochemical analysis

Skills and Abilities

– a creative approach to problem solving is essential.
– excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
– ability to conduct a comprehensive but succinct review of recent literature
– ability to apply knowledge and experience, described above, to generate and analyse relevant experimental data
– ability to develop and apply new concepts or theories, drawing on literature and experimental information
– excellent written communication skills, especially to write clearly and succinctly for publication
– ability to organise work on own initiative and prioritise own work in response to deadlines

Personal Attributes

– willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative
– flexible attitude towards work as necessitated by the demands of the project
– highly self-motivated
– disciplined with regard to confidentiality and security at all times
– willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role
– willingness to travel both within the United Kingdom and abroad to conduct research, field-trials and meet with project collaborators/sponsors

CV’s are to be submitted to Dr Nicholas Chadwick via

Candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP as the position will close as soon as a suitable candidate is found.