Two 2-year Postdoctoral positions in Membrane Science and Technology - Bath University, UK

Location: Bath University, Bath, UK

Positions: 2 post-doc positions

Two 2-year Postdoctoral positions in Membrane Science and Technology

Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering

These 2-year positions at the University of Bath are part of the £9 million EPSRC Programme Grant ‘SynHiSel’, a national programme linking membrane researchers at Bath, Manchester, Newcastle, Imperial College, Queen Mary and Edinburgh Universities.
Chemical separations are critical to almost every aspect of our lives, from the energy we use to the medications we take, but consume 10-15% of the total world energy. Highly selective membranes could make these separations 10-times more efficient and save 100m tonnes/year of CO2 emissions annually. More selective separation processes are needed for renewable energy, clean growth, waste recovery, pharma and food processing, water treatment and many others.
The SynHiSel team’s vision is to develop the high selectivity membranes needed to enable the adoption of a novel generation of emerging high-value/high-efficiency processes.

PDRA1: Synthesis of 2D nanomaterials for membrane separations:

You will develop novel 2D corrugated nanomaterials for nanofiltration membranes for a range of liquid separations. You will have prior expertise in 2D nanomaterials synthesis and characterisation. Expertise in membrane science is desirable.

PDRA2: Testing and modelling of membrane-based liquid separations:

You will design experimental protocols for membrane characterisation and testing, and develop numerical models for mechanisms of facilitated transport membranes. You will have prior expertise in numerical modelling and membrane characterisation.

Our Team – SynHiSel: We are an interdisciplinary group at Bath with PDRAs and PhD students working across chemistry, materials and process engineering. We are guided by the ambition to address the biggest environmental, economic and societal challenges of our times, gaining from our collaboration with other SynHiSel Universities and industrial partners to achieve this.

What we can offer you: We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community.

Contacts: for informal inquries please contact
Prof Davide Mattia, +44(0)1225-383961, d.mattia@bath.ac.uk, https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/davide-mattia or
Prof John Chew, +44(0)1225-386132, Y.M.Chew@bath.ac.uk, https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/john-chew

To apply, please use the following links:
PDRA1: http://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=CF9195
PDRA2: http://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=CF9205

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2 Post doc Positions Membrane Science - Queen Mary University of London, UK

Location: Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Positions: 2 post-doc positions

About the Role
Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Assistants to join a lively multidisciplinary research group under Professor Andrew Livingston to investigate the fabrication of advanced membranes for highly selective molecular separations in organic liquids.

About You
The successful candidates will seek to develop new fabrication techniques for membranes based around phase inversion, interfacial polymerisation, and coating. They will characterise membrane morphology, determine membrane performance, and relate the polymer type and membrane morphology to this performance. They will also be expected to work in teams applying these membranes to a diverse ranges of applications including refining, drug synthesis and bio-based products.
The successful candidates will have a background in membrane fabrication, preferably polymer membranes, and possess a thorough knowledge of membrane functional and morphological characterisation. Experience of organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) would also be useful. They will have a fluent understanding of chemical analytical techniques.

 

More information: https://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/jobs/#QMUL28334

 

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Condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine

The EMS expresses its firm and resolute condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine and stands in solidarity with all victims of the current war in Ukraine.

We call on all our members who are aware of programs to help researchers and students (call for specific aid to refugees, doctoral scholarships, post-doctoral positions, etc.) to contact the EMS, which will make its resources available to disseminate information and help in coordinating actions.

The EMS also expresses its strong support to the signatories of the open letter from Russian scientists and science journalists against the war with Ukraine.

Anthony Szymczyk (EMS President)

Pierre Aimar (Honorary member) - Philippe Aptel (Honorary member) - Roger Ben Aïm (Honorary member) - Karl Böddeker (Honorary member) - Cristiana Boi (Former EMS President) - Carla Brazinha (Council member) - Joao Crespo (Honorary member) - Enrico Drioli (Honorary member and former EMS President) - Maria Grazia de Angelis (Council member) - Eric Favre (Council member) - Robert Field (Honorary member) - Karel Friess (Council member) - Lidietta Giorno (Honorary member and former EMS President) - Susana Luque (Former EMS President) - Marco Stoller (Council member) - Heiner Strathmann (Honorary member) - Elena Tocci (Council member) - Bart van der Bruggen (Former EMS President)


Loss of Prof. Sourirajan

Dear EMS members,

I regret to inform you of the passing of Prof. Srinivasa Sourirajan on February 20, 2022. Prof. Sourirajan developed, together with Prof. S. Loeb, cellulose acetate membranes for desalination by Reverse Osmosis, which triggered the large-scale industrialization of membrane separation processes.

Kind regards,

Anthony Szymczyk

EMS President


Call for organizing European Membrane Society Summer School 2023

The Society is keen on supporting scientific or technical events related to the field of membranes and membrane processes, particularly with a focus on events involving young and early-stage researchers. Therefore, the EMS has opened the Call for Proposals for the 38th EMS Summer School in 2023.

In order to have your Summer School accepted as an EMS event, you should apply to the EMS Council according to the following guidelines:

 

The application should specify:

  • description of the facilities for the Summer School and proposed dates;
  • tentative program including course contents and timing;
  • members of the organising committee (including members of the EMS Council);
  • members of the scientific committee (including members of the EMS Council);
  • budget outline, including:
  • any request for EMS funding or loan;
  • list of sponsors;
  • expected number of participants;
  • break-even number.

Any outsourcing of organisational work should be included in the budget. Any EMS loan received would be expected to be returned as the first call on excess income over expenses. Additional excess income is to be split evenly between the EMS and the organisers. The EMS will not cover losses beyond the EMS funding. The EMS membership fees should be collectable with the registration fees. All rights and duties will be formalised in a contract with the EMS.

  • Important websites related to the proposal.

 

Proposals will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific programme
  • Conference venue/organisational and professional planning
  • Registration fees
  • Financial risk involved in the event
  • Geographical distribution

 

The selected application will be announced during the EUROMEMBRANE 2022 conference in November 2022.

 

Please, send your proposal by September 30, 2022, to:

 

Karel Friess, karel.friess@vscht.cz

Carla Brazinha, c.brazinha@fct.unl.pt

Elsa Lasseuguette, e.lasseuguette@ed.ac.uk

 

 

 


Richard Maling Barrer Medal

Richard Maling Barrer Medal

The Richard Maling Barrer Medal for Membrane Science and Technology, consisting of 10,000 € plus a lifetime membership in the European Membrane Society, is awarded to an individual to recognise outstanding work of exceptional significance in the area of membrane science and technology. Richard Maling Barrer was one of the pioneers in the membrane field with extensive and significant research on membrane material and gas transport. This award is given by the European Membrane Society to honour Professor Barrer memory and to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions that have significantly advanced membrane science and technology.

Eligibility

Anyone working in membrane science and technology is eligible to be nominated (except for current Council members of the European Membrane Society).

Nominations

Nominations should be submitted by a current member of the European Membrane Society (EMS), not directly by the nominee. Current members of the EMS Council cannot submit the nominations.

The nomination package should include:

(1) A cover letter describing the nominee’s contribution and its importance to the field of membrane science and technology;

(2) Three additional letters in support of the nomination;

(3) Supporting Materials – a complete list of the nominee’s publications, patents, technical reports etc., and pdf copies of 4 selected essential outputs.

Deadline

The deadline for the complete nomination package submission to the EMS Secretary (via email ems@chimie.ups-tlse.fr) is January 31st 2022, 23:59 h Central European Time (CET).

Evaluation

A panel of referees will review nominations with final decisions made by the EMS Council. An award will only be made if there is a nominee whose contributions are sufficiently outstanding to warrant the prestigious medal. Medal winners will be presented during the Euromembrane 2022 conference.


Call for organizing EUROMEMBRANE 2024

The European Membrane Society (EMS) is keen on supporting scientific or technical events related to membranes and membrane processes. One of the flagships of the Society is the EUROMEMBRANE Conference. Supported by the EMS, EUROMEMBRANE aims to bring together European “membranologists” and colleagues from overseas to discuss in a vibrant and dynamic setting all aspects of research and applications of membrane and membrane processes. EMS, therefore, launches the Call for organizing the EUROMEMBRANE 2024 conference taking place in September 2024.

Application

The application to the EMS Council should specify:

* Description of the facilities for the event and proposed dates;

* The risk assessment that shall include the format of the conference (in person, virtual or hybrid combining either in-person with a virtual component) and the policy of fees cancellation;

* Tentative program including contents and timing;

* Organizing committee, involving at least one of the EMS Council members;

* Scientific committee containing at least one of the EMS Council members;

* Budget outline, including any request for EMS funding or loan, a list of sponsors, and a break-even number. Any outsourcing of organizational work should be included in the budget. Any EMS loan received would be expected to be returned as the first call on excess income over expenses. Additional extra income is to be split evenly between EMS and the organizers. The EMS will not cover losses beyond the EMS funding or loan.

* All rights and duties will be formalized in a contract with the EMS.

* Important websites related to the proposal.

* Short pdf presentation (10 slides max.) about the event (organizer, venue, structure, etc.)

A mandatory condition for granting the organization of the conference is the fulfillment of the requirement that the chair of the EUROMEMBRANE conference will be an academic entity. Private companies can participate in the organization of the conference (to help and support).

Deadline

The deadline for receiving proposals for EUROMEMBRANE 2024 conference is June 30th 2022, 23:59 h Central European Time (CET). The organizers are expected to comply with the Euromembrane guidelines described in the attached document as approved by the EMS Council. Proposals should be sent via email to:

Carla Brazinha (c.brazinha@fct.unl.pt)

Karel Friess (karel.friess@vscht.cz)

Elsa Lasseuguette -EMS secretary (ems@chimie.ups-tlse.fr)

Evaluation

The result will be announced before December 2022, most probably during the closing ceremony of the Euromembrane 2022 conference.

 

 

 


Guide for Applicants and Organizers - EMS Conferences

A short Guide for Applicants for organising an EMS event has been published: Guide Version 2021

It summarizes the principal points you should mention in your application to organise an EMS event and evaluate your application. It is meant to help you prepare the proposal to save time and check that you have considered all relevant aspects to make your proposal and the event a success. This Guide is divided into parts - Part I explains aspects that you should address during your application. Part II describes issues you are expected to follow up on and regularly inform the EMS Council about your successful application. When writing your application, it is recommended to read the information presented in Part II to help make your proposal more complete.

 

 

 


Young Academics Awards

Young Academics Awards

European Membrane Society is aware of the difficulties that early-stage researchers may face for participating in international conferences. Therefore, EMS launched a programme for supporting the participation of early-stage researchers (Young Academics) in international membrane conferences. Support will be provided to cover the conference fee excluding accommodation and meals (when included in the conference fee).

Duration: 1 year

List of conferences eligible for EMS conference fee awards:

 

NameNo. of awards [1]Deadline for applications [2]
Nanofiltration 2021-2022 (26 – 30.06.2022 )
3 awards2022-03-17
The Second International Symposium on Nanomaterials and Membrane Science for Water, Energy and Environment - 2nd SNMS 2021 (2022-06-01 - 2022-06-02)1 award2022-04-01
Euromembrane 2022 (2022-11-20 - 2022-11-24)10 awards2022-24-07
MELPRO 2022 (18 – 21.09.2022 )
3 awards2022-08-01

[1] This is the maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied concerning the applications evaluation procedure. EMS retains its right to solely change the number of issued awards or cancel the call without prior notification.

[2] The EMS retains its right to solely change Application dates without prior notice if the date of notification of abstract acceptance and/or deadline for early registration fee is changed by conference organizers. All applications will be evaluated on an equal basis after the closing of the call.

 

Eligibility:

The Conference fee awards are intended for Young Academics (between 0-8 years upon the date of PhD completion) who are EMS members and presenting authors of either oral or poster presentations. The applicants should have a valid membership at least from the deadline of each call for Conference Fee Awards till the end of the conference. This is a requisite for the transfer of the award to the winners.

Application:

The applications will be accepted by the EMS council upon reception of all the documents specified below within the opening call period.

Unless stated otherwise the documents to submit are:

  • the copy of the abstract accepted for oral or poster communication by the conference organizers
  • proof of acceptance of the abstract for oral or poster communication
  • CV of the candidate (1) (2 pages max.)
  • motivation letter (1 page max.)
  • proof of young academic status including the date of PhD completion and a copy of the PhD certificate/diploma (copy of original and English translation maybe required)
  • proof of EMS membership (2)

(1) The CV of the applicants, besides other relevant information, must include the following points:

  • date of the PhD completion
  • list of publications identifying the ones in which the applicant is the first or corresponding author
  • poster and oral communications as presenting authors in previous conferences

(2) As a proof of membership is only considered documents emitted by the EMS, mentioning clearly the number and expiration date of the candidate membership, such as: the letter/email sent by the EMS validating the membership or the copy of the EMS webpage of the candidate confirming the validity of the membership.

 

Proposals will be selected against the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality and originality of the contribution
  • Applicant’s profile (CV)
  • Applicant’s motivation

 

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of referees with final decisions made by the EMS Council. Selected candidates will be contacted by EMS. Transfer of the funds corresponding to the grants will only be made after conference organizers confirm the registration.

Awardees agree, upon submitting the application, to write a short report (max. 1 A4 page) on the conference to be published on the EMS Membrane News and web-site. The report should be submitted up to 90 days after the end of the conference. The non-submission of the report excludes the possibility of the EMS member to apply for further EMS applications/benefits.

The poster and/or oral presentation(s) presented by awardees at the conference must include the following acknowledgment: “[NAME] acknowledges European Membrane Society for providing of travel grant” and the EMS logotype.

Comments:

The EMS retains its right to solely change Application dates without prior notification if the date of notification of abstract acceptance and/or deadline for early registration fee is changed by conference organizers. All applications will be evaluated on equal basis after closing of the call.

This is maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied with respect to applications evaluation procedure. EMS retains its right to solely change the number of issued awards or cancel the call without prior notification.

Please note that unless stated otherwise, participants who have already registered for one of the conferences listed above may still apply for an Young Academics Conference fee award, as long as they fulfil the eligibility criteria and follow all the application rules.


MS/PhD students Awards

MS/PhD students Awards

European Membrane Society is aware of the difficulties that Master and PhD students may face for participating in international conferences. Therefore, EMS launched a programme for supporting the participation of Master and PhD students in international membrane conferences. Support will be provided to cover the conference fee excluding accommodation and meals (when included in the conference fee).

Duration: 1 year

List of conferences eligible for EMS conference fee awards:

 

NameNo. of awards [1]Deadline for applications [2]
The Second International Symposium on Nanomaterials and Membrane Science for Water, Energy and Environment - 2nd SNMS 2020
(2022-06-01 – 2022-06-02)
1 award2022-04-01
Nanofiltration 2021-2022 (26 – 30.06.2022)
3 awards2022-03-17
Euromembrane 2022 (2022-11-20 - 2022-11-24)10 awards2022-07-24
MELPRO 2022 (18 – 21.09.2022 )
3 awards2022-08-01

[1] This is a maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied concerning applications evaluation procedure. EMS retains its right to solely change the number of issued awards or cancel the call without prior notification.

[2] The EMS retains its right to solely change Application dates without prior notification if the date of notification of abstract acceptance and/or deadline for early registration fee is changed by conference organizers. All applications will be evaluated on equal basis after the closing of the call.

 

Eligibility:

The applicants should have a valid membership at least from the deadline of each call for Travel Awards till the end of the conference. This is a requisite for the transfer of the award to the winners.

 

Application:

The applications will be accepted by the EMS council upon reception of all the documents specified below within the opening call period.

Unless stated otherwise the documents to submit are:

  • a copy of the abstract accepted for oral or poster communication by the conference organizers
  • proof of acceptance of the abstract for oral or poster communication, which must be submitted no later than 3 working days after the announcement by the conference organizers.
  • CV of the candidate (2 pages max.)
  • motivation letter (1 page max.)proof of studentship
  • proof of membership

The CV of the applicants, besides other relevant information, must include the following points:

  • commencement date of the PhD/MSc studies
  • list of publications identifying the ones in which the applicant is the first or corresponding author
  • poster and oral communications as presenting authors in previous conferences.

As a proof of membership are only considered documents emitted by the EMS, mentioning clearly the expiration date of the candidate membership, such as: the letter/email sent by the EMS validating the membership or the copy of the EMS webpage of the candidate confirming the validity of the membership.

Proposals will be selected against the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality and originality of the contribution
  • Applicant’s profile (CV)
  • Applicant’s motivation

 

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of referees with final decisions made by the EMS Council. Selected candidates will be contacted by EMS. Transfer of the funds corresponding to the grants will only be made after Conference organizers confirm the registration.

Awardees agree, upon submitting the application, to write a short report (max. 1 A4 page) on the conference. The report should be submitted up to 90 days after the end of the conference. The non-submission of the report excludes the possibility of the EMS member to apply for further EMS applications/benefits.

The poster and/or oral presentation(s) presented by awardees at the conference must include the following acknowledgment: “[NAME] acknowledges European Membrane Society for providing of travel grant” and the EMS logotype.

Comments:

The EMS retains its right to solely change application dates without prior notification if the date of notification of abstract acceptance and/or deadline for early registration fee is changed by conference organizers. All applications will be evaluated on equal basis after closing of the call.

This is a maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied with respect to applications evaluation procedure. EMS retains its right to solely change the number of issued awards or cancel the call without prior notification.

Please note that unless stated otherwise, participants who have already registered for one of the conferences listed above may still apply for an EMS Travel award, as long as they fulfil the eligibility criteria and follow all the application rules.