Expressions of interest are invited for a postdoctoral research position funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project working under the supervision of A/Prof Rob Atkin and Dr Grant Webber at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Fixed Term Contract – Up to two years subject to satisfactory
The project will use Ionic Liquids (ILs) in place of conventional molecular liquids as solvents in soft matter assemblies. ILs have advantages over conventional solvents due to their remarkable physical properties, which includes thermal conductivity and stability, and low volatility. We will exploit our capacity to tune intermolecular interactions to produce mesostructured materials in ILs, including surfactant and polymer assemblies, nanofluids, and clay – polymer composites. These new hybrid materials will combine the useful properties of the mesostructured material with the advantageous physical properties of ILs.
You should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in chemistry, chemical physics, or related areas, and have a proven record of experience with one or more of the following: radiation scattering or reflection techniques, atomic force microscopy, quartz crystal microbalance, and the physical properties of ionic liquids.
A/Prof Rob Atkin and Dr Grant Webber
ARC Future Fellow
Discipline of Chemistry
University of Newcastle
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Expressions of interest: should be emailed to Rob Atkin
(rob.atkin at newcastle.edu.au) and include a full academic C.V. and contact details for two referees.