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Research Fellow in Sustainable Materials and Renewable Fibres

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you possess a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Polymer Chemistry or a related degree? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

Project Title: Regenerated protein fibres from food waste as a sustainable alternative to current textile fibres

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to work with Dr. Richard Blackburn in the School of Design, who is leading the project. The research of Dr. Blackburn focuses on natural products chemistry, polymer chemistry, clean extraction of natural products from waste material, industrial scale up of chemical processes, and sustainability in textile fibres.

The University of Leeds is a collaborator on a project awarded to The University of the Arts London, which is one of nine game-changing Creative R&D Partnerships as part of the Government’s investment in the UK’s creative industries. The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology is focused on delivering innovation and growth throughout the entire fashion and textile supply chain, from manufacturing to retail. Over the next five years, the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Creative Industries Clusters Programme will strengthen the creative industries’ position as vital to UK economic growth and resilience, and provide direct links into shaping Government policy.  

This part of the overall project will focus on investigating the potential for food waste to be used in the development of regenerated protein fibres to make a new generation of innovative renewable and biodegradable modern sustainable materials. You will be involved in converting the protein into fibres, and assessing the properties of those fibres for various applications.

You will have a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Polymer Chemistry or a related degree and a background in natural products chemistry/biochemistry/polymer chemistry. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Richard Blackburn, Head of Sustainable Materials Research Group


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of Design
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
It is likely that an appointment will be made at or below £35,211 since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 Months)
Release Date:  Friday 05 April 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 05 May 2019
Interview Date:  Tuesday 14 May 2019
Reference:  AHCDE1064
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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