Research Associate in Fire Toxicity

 Research Associate in Fire Toxicity
Salary £28,695 – £33,242
Inhalation of toxic gases is the major cause of death in fires, and the safety of building occupants in a fire is dependent on preventing the build-up of lethal concentrations of toxic gases within the time required to escape. In addition, fire effluents cause significant pollution often releasing cocktails of carcinogenic, mutagenic and endocrine disrupting chemicals into the environment – initially resulting in potential exposure of fire fighters and other emergency rescue and clean-up workers.
A scientist/analytical chemist/engineer is required to develop their own research and to support the UK’s leading fire chemistry and toxicity research group.  With research projects in fire retardancy, fire toxicity, fire detection and other aspects of fire science, we will be consolidating our strengths and broadening them to quantify the range of hazards from fire effluents, and use this knowledge to develop new fire-safe materials and products.
Based in our world-class laboratory, equipped with both standard items of fire test equipment, and research specific facilities, you will play a leading role in the analysis of fire effluents, both from samples generated in the laboratory, those collected at our large-scale experimental facility at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Training Centre at Washington Hall, and those collected from real fire scenes and other large scale fire tests.
As a Research Associate you will have full access to the University’s analytical laboratories, as well as dedicated instruments in the fire laboratories. You will use a number of experimental procedures for the controlled generation of combustion products (the steady state tube furnace, the smoke density chamber, Large Instrumented Fire Enclosure etc.). For each method, analysis of fire effluents will include asphyxiants and irritants, smoke, and particulates. This involves use and interpretation of gas phase FTIR, use of sorption tubes and GC-MS, on-line electrochemical, NDIR, and paramagnetic analysers, HPIC and wet chemical analysis.
The successful candidate will be educated with a PhD and have research experience in the 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 are essential for this position.
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, you will be supported in developing your own research, industrial liaison and projects, and submission of funding proposals, in order to ensure the continuity of their post with external funding.
Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Anna Stec  For further information about the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences a please visit our websites:

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