Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Colloidal Water Process Engineering

Applications to be received by 12pm on Friday 4th of January 2019

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral research assistant to work on the recovery of metallic Ions from process/effluent streams, to work with Professor Nick Hankins in the Laboratory for Sustainable Water Engineering (Begbroke Science Park). The post is funded by the Oxford University Challenge Seed Fund, and is fixed-term for 1 year from January 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

An innovative and low cost technology named SELECTAL has been developed using smart and recyclable materials to selectively recover valuable metallic species from dilute, industrial process and effluent streams. This role offers an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial, dynamic and resourceful individual to combine applied scientific research in colloidal engineering with customer engagement and business development.

You will design, install, operate and test the SELECTAL process at bench-scale within the Begbroke using real-world effluents for a potential end customer. You will also help to build and run a pre-commercial demonstration of the Selectal process at pilot-scale. You will develop a go-to-market strategy for a potential spin-out business that will take the Selectal process through to commercialisation, and travel to meetings with potential end-users in UK and Europe can be expected.

You should possess a relevant PhD/DPhil (or near completion) in chemical, environmental or water process engineering, or physical chemistry, together with relevant experience in sustainable colloidal-based water treatment processes. The successful candidate is likely to have a genuine interest in both blue-sky research and in pursuing the real-world deployment of technology.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Nick Hankins (

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only online applications received before 12.00 midday on 4 January 2019 can be considered.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact: Professor Nick Hankins