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Research Fellow in Microplastics

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £36,914 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Monday 28 June 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 26 July 2021
Interview Date:  Monday 09 August 2021
Reference:  036421

Applications are invited from talented and enthusiastic individuals to conduct world-leading research on the degradation and environmental fate of plastic litter, under the supervision of Dr Tom Bond. The successful applicant will work on the project Predicting the Polymer-specific Fate of Aquatic Plastic Litter, which is funded by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The project will characterise the formation and behaviour of micro- and nano-plastics under controlled laboratory conditions. Resultant data will be used to predict the environmental fate and impacts of a variety of polymers and propose workable solutions to the problems associated with plastic litter.

Applicants must have a PhD (or be close to completing their PhD) in a subject relevant to the project, i.e. engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, environmental science or a related discipline. The successful applicant will use state-of-the-art experimental facilities across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and interact with industrial and academic collaborators. They will be proactive, keen to work in a multidisciplinary environment, and have experience of disseminating research findings in well-ranked journals.

The University of Surrey is a short walk from Guildford town centre, adjacent to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and 40 minutes by train from central London. 

Full-time position available until 31 March 2022. Salary offered will be dependent on experience and qualifications.

Information and application

Please apply online and include:

(i)  a 2-page curriculum vitae (including qualifications, publications and two references).

(ii)  a 2-page supporting statement, outlining how you match the Person Specification for the role

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Tom Bond at

Please note, it is University policy to offer a startng salary at level 3.6 to sucessful applicats who have been awared, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1.

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Further details:

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.




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