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Research Associate - Mixed Adsorption of Surfactants (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the group of Prof. Stuart Clarke at the Department of Chemistry in a collaboration with Dr Radomir Slavchov at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. The project aims to provide experimental data to underpin a number of theoretical models that are being developed for multi-component adsorption at the solid/liquid interface.

The project is part of the BP-funded ICAM initiative which brings together world-leading strengths of four universities to create an international centre of excellence in advanced materials research. The academic partnership between the University of Manchester, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, combines game-changing capabilities in structural materials, corrosion, separations, surfaces, deposits and self-healing materials. For further information on BP-ICAM, see:

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in surface science, physical chemistry, chemical engineering or related discipline. A good knowledge of the physical chemistry of surfaces and the thermodynamics of mixtures is essential; experience with experimental adsorption techniques, such as depletion isotherms, QCM and three phase contact angle would be highly advantageous.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. 

For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Lingtao Kong (email:

Please quote reference MA14499 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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