Research Scientist – Concrete/Composites for Construction

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Job Purpose

Ambitious and highly skilled scientist/engineer to engage in R&D at the leading edge of graphene and 2D materials science. The post will be involved in conducting a number of applied projects working in partnership with academic leads and a diverse range of industrial partners looking to investigate the use of graphene, 2D materials and other advanced materials.

We are seeking a researcher with expertise and experience in the application of 2D materials specifically in concrete/construction. The post will be based within RIC2D at Khalifa University and support project delivery in the newly built facility with state-of-the-art equipment.

Operational Responsibilities

  • Provide research development analysis for specific application projects including the delivery and reporting of all technical activities within a designated area of the RIC2D lab.
  • Be a technical expert in an application domain, with some ‘cross training’ and familiarity with at least one other lab application.
  • Provide support to ensure that all activities undertaken in a lab are fully and adequately planned, projected and organized.
  • Ensure that all activities are undertaken to strict health and safety requirements.
  • Participate in exploratory meetings with prospects and third parties and contribute to proposed development plans (including costings and pricing suitable for quotes and proposals where necessary).
  • Liaise with relevant academics with experience and expertise to develop strong and effective working relationships with them, their research groups and activities.
  • Contribute to a database of relevant material and case studies as a resource for RIC2D.
  • Write end of project reports.
  • Work closely with colleagues to ensure best practice is captured and communicated across the GEIC’s activities.
  • Be familiar with and provide guidance and expertise relating to existing and emerging standards (and other trade/sector/industrial activities) that have an impact on RIC2D and 2D material applications.
  • Identify, source, maintain and upgrade lab equipment (with supervision from the lab manager) and allocate time on all equipment in an optimum and effective manner.
  • Be responsible for maintaining & performance of all equipment within a lab, ensuring it is available for use with a minimum of interruption and down time in conjunction with the Lab Manager.
  • Undertake data analysis to support the activities of project work from faculty and industry partners.
  • Work with RIC2D lead to support responses to opportunities involving commercial engagements in a timely and professional manner, at all times working to ensure the reputation of RIC2D and Khalifa University.
  • Contribute to other activities within RIC2D including (but not limited to) exploratory projects, consultancy, training, studentships and collaborative projects.

Required Qualifications:

PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or related field.

Required Experience:

  • Proven R&D experience within industrial or scientific settings (at least 5 years) preferably in graphene, advanced carbons and 2D materials.
  • Proven experience in testing and analysing materials and using analytical results to make informed decisions to improve/optimise production process conditions. Incorporation of functionalised and non-functionalised materials into coatings and inks.
  • Ability to plan, organize, co-ordinate and execute to ensure the production of the agreed deliverables to the project plan.
  • Good problem-solving skills and creative approach to research & development.
  • Ability to work to deadlines, potentially on multiple projects and ability to prioritise accordingly.
  • Experience working with confidential data.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to deal with both scientific and commercial issues authoritatively.
  • Ability to understand key technological aspects of science and engineering and be able to communicate them to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability and motivation to set goals and meet targets in a market-led environment working across a broad range of industrial sectors.
  • Self-motivation and the capability of being team player as well as team leader.
  • The ability to demonstrate an adaptable and flexible approach to work in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Experience in managing health and safety in a laboratory or production environment.
  • Business development skills, and strong commercial and financial acumen.
  • Understanding of issues concerning ownership of intellectual property.
  • Contacts with research active organisations outside the university environment.
Abu Dhabi