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Positions available in the School of Physics and elsewhere will be advertised here, although this list is not meant to be definitive. For postgraduate opportunities within the School of Physics, please see the Opportunities section under Postgraduate.

Available Positions in the School of Physics

Two-year Postdoctoral Research Position in Thermochemical Reaction Kinetics of Lignocellulosic Fuel Conversion

The position is available in the School of Physics, within the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, in the research team of Prof. Stephen Dooley. The project intends to provide science to alleviate global dependence on carbon intensive solid fossil fuels, such as coal, by exploiting lignocellulosic plant matter, particularly waste lignocellulose, as a viable energy source for stationary power generation.

The interaction of complicated physics and chemistry dictates the successful oxidation of solid lignocellulose when used as fuel for power generation. Plant matter is composed of different configurations of cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose, at different proportions according to the particular plant material, providing a very large degree of variability in composition. As such, historically this fuel type has been treated as an engineering material, rather than as a chemical material of identifiable functionality. The projects seeks to reverse this stance, providing fundamental scientific comprehension of direct engineering utility toward the clean burning of lignocellulose.

Prospective candidates should send a detailed CV, a covering letter outlining their educational background and research track-record, and the names and contact details of two referees to Prof. Stephen Dooley (stephen.dooley@tcd.ie). Please quote the entire job title in the subject line of your email. The 24-month position is available immediately. Applications will be evaluated as received and candidates of all levels of experience possessing appropriate skillsets will be considered.

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Two-year Postdoctoral Research Position in Liquid Fuel Synthesis and Characterisation

The position is available in the School of Physics, within the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, in the research team of Prof. Stephen Dooley. The project focusses on the chemistry and physics controlling energy generation when transportation fuels are reacted in internal combustion engines.

The interaction of complicated chemistry and physics limits the cleanliness and efficiency of both conventional compression ignition ("Diesel") and spark ignition ("Gasoline") reciprocating internal combustion engines.

The project intends to alter the chemical structure of conventional liquid transportation fuels (e.g. n-heptane) in order to tailor the combustion properties of the fuel to those desired for particular engine configurations. A researcher with principal skills and experience in synthetic chemistry or chemical engineering is required. S/he is expected to; lead the execution of the project and its reporting in international peer reviewed journals in the chemistry/chemical engineering area, to publicise their progress at international scientific conferences, and to engage with external collaborators. A formal background in the physical sciences, holding a Ph.D. degree in a chemical discipline such as Organic Chemistry, Catalysis, Chemical Engineering or a related subject matter would be most appropriate.

Prospective candidates should send a detailed CV, a covering letter outlining their educational background and research track-record, and the names and contact details of two referees to Prof. Stephen Dooley (stephen.dooley@tcd.ie). Please quote the entire job title in the subject line of your email. The 24-month position is available immediately. Applications will be evaluated as received and candidates of all levels of experience possessing appropriate skillsets will be considered.

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