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Plasma processing of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

We are seeking to recruit one highly motivated Research Assistant (Early-Stage researcher (ESR)) to work on plasma processing of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), as a part of the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network EUROPAH (

EUROPAH is a European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Action. 13 research groups, spread across 10 universities and 3 industrial partners in 6 different countries have come together to train a new generation of astrophysicists through an EU-wide training network. 16 early-stage researchers (ESRs) will be recruited across the EUROPAH network. This will be a highly multidisciplinary network that combines astronomy, molecular physics, molecular spectroscopy, environmental science, quantum chemistry, surface sciences, plasma physics, plasma chemistry and scientific communication. The training program is aimed at developing a research-oriented, creative and innovative mind set and will place you well for a future career in academia or in industry.

The objective of the individual project is to investigate the energetic processing of PAHs and related species driven by non-thermal plasmas (with/without a catalyst) and to gain in-depth insight into the reaction mechanisms and pathways of the plasma processing through experiment and plasma simulation approaches. Plasma diagnostics will be used to understand the formation of a range of reactive species and their roles in the decomposition of PAHs.

The candidate should have an Undergraduate or Master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related subject. Good written and oral communication skills are essential. Candidates must possess a willingness to foster strong scientific interactions with other members of the EUROPAH team. Experience in plasma chemistry, hydrocarbon chemistry or catalysis is desirable. The candidate will be employed at the University of Liverpool. This post is available for 12 months, from 1st September 2019 or sooner afterwards. Note that you are allowed to be registered to our PhD Programme if you can satisfy the entry requirements of PhD study at UoL. However, there is no guarantee of the funding to cover the tuition fee and stipend in your 2nd and 3rd year of PhD study.

Under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past 3 years. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Applicants must, at the time of recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers.
If you have any questions about the application, please contact Dr. Xin Tu (E-mail: )

To apply for this opportunity, please visit:

Funding Notes

The monthly gross salary consists of a living allowance, a family allowance (where applicable) and a mobility allowance, according to the rules for Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESR Fellows. Salary (£30,000 p.a.) may be subjected to tax according to applicable national regulations.

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