Research Assistant/Associate




£40,215 to £41,938 per annum

Campus: South Kensington, London

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a researcher to undertake work aimed at accelerating the decarbonization of Europe’s energy system by building on the exploitation of two key low carbon technologies: hydrogen and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The project focuses on pressure swing adsorption (PSA) processes to separate CO2 from the syngas produced by the gasifier and builds on current activities within the research groups. The specific aim is to undertake a systematic investigation on adsorbents of unary and binary adsorption equilibrium and kinetics for CO2/H2 over wide ranges of pressure and temperature and optimize the design of cycles that provide high purity and high recovery of the preferential adsorbate (CO2).

This project is well-suited for researchers with training on both experimental and modelling aspects of gas adsorption. Your role in the project will be on: (i) dynamic testing of various adsorbents involving CO2/H2 mixtures of different compositions and (ii) developing a detailed mathematical model to enable rapid and robust screening of various configurations of the PSA process.

You will have a first degree (or equivalent) and PhD (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline. You will have proven track record in conducting high-level research as evidenced by innovative first-author publications. Knowledge of chemical engineering separation processes – particularly adsorption – and experience in adsorbent materials characterisation and dynamic testing are essential. Experience in process modelling and optimisation is a plus.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 – £38,566 per annum.

The post is available from January 2021 and the appointment is for 18 months. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Camille Petit ( or Dr Ronny Pini (

To apply, please visit our website: You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG01358. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

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Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020

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