Research Associate in Fire Chemistry
Salary £28,695 – £33,242
Fire retardants are a $5 billion dollar per year business!  Knowledge of the different ways fire retardants reduce flammability is crucial to the successful formulation of plastic materials.  The use of some flame retardants has been banned because they are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT).  This has led to the search for other, benign methods for reducing plastics’ flammability.
An enthusiastic and highly motivated team player is required to add a new dimension to our portfolio of fire research, our successful projects span the development of fire safe materials, incorporation of fire retardants and structural modification, fire detection, fire investigation, fire effluent toxicity, through to fire safety engineering and the development of models and computer codes to predict and interpret fire behaviour.
Experience in a relevant area would be considered. This includes development and testing fire safe fire retarded/composite materials; fire investigation; scale-up of fire behaviour, development of new fire retardant materials, new approaches to flammability assessment, scale up of fire behaviour; data analysis and modelling of the large scale test programme; or fire modelling.
The post is initially funded for two years. The successful candidate will work alongside Dr Stec and Prof Hull developing fire safe materials. In addition, the successful candidate will be supported in developing their own research, industrial liaison and projects, and submission of funding proposals, in order to ensure the continuity of their post with external funding.
The successful candidate will be educated with a PhD in chemistry, fire science or engineering or have equivalent experience and have research experience in any relevant area of Chemistry, Fire Science or Engineering. A proven track record of refereed scientific publications in relevant journals, excellent communication skills and the ability to publish research papers and work to deadlines are essential for this position.
Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Anna Stec aastec@uclan.ac.uk.  For further information about the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences a please visit our websites: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/explore/groups/centre_for_fire_and_hazard_science.php

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