Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed-term) in Carbon Storage

26,495 - 38,833 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum 29,799 per annum with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Job reference: SCI289218
Contract Type: Full time and fixed-term (24 months)

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow within the research group of Dr. Veerle Vandeginste in the School of Chemistry, and with collaborators in the GeoEnergy Research Centre (Dr. Matteo Icardi, Dr. Bagus Muljadi). The successful candidate, whose expertise lies in inorganic material synthesis and characterization and chemical reaction kinetics, will work on the European Commission Horizon 2020 funded project entitled "SECURe: Subsurface Evaluation of Carbon Capture and Storage and Unconventional Risks". We are looking for a highly competent individual with significant skills and expertise in synthesis of materials for the remediation of CO2 leakage along faults/fractures, and chemical interactions between fluids and rocks. Additional expertise with hyperspectral imaging would be an asset.

The successful candidate will carry out duties to the highest standard and will:

  • Undertake original research of international excellence.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own and/or collaborative research area.
  • Prepare papers for publication in leading journals and/or contribute to the dissemination at national/international conferences, workshops and meetings resulting in successful research outputs.

Candidates must have:

  • A PhD, or equivalent in chemistry or materials science or relevant discipline in engineering/geoscience.
  • Expert knowledge of inorganic material or mineral synthesis, preferentially in context of CO2 leakage pathway remediation
  • Background knowledge in two or more of the following areas:
    • Material synthesis for carbon storage
    • Geopolymer synthesis
    • Heavy metal leaching from fluid-rock interaction
    • Mineral dissolution kinetics
    • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.
  • Good publication track record in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with the stage of career.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Networking, actively engaging with and valuing other areas and diverse groups.
  • Experience in co-supervision and coordination of masters and PhD level students

This full-time position is available from 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, and is offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 24 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Veerle Vandeginste ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Further details of this post are available on our website:

Opening date: 22 August 2018
Closing date: 21 September 2018

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published: 22 August 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.