Research Assistant (R220300)

Aston University

United Kingdom

June 16, 2022


Research Assistant EBRI Location: Aston University Main Campus

Salary: £29,614 per annum (pro-rata) Grade: Grade 07 Contract Type: Fixed Term (5 months)

Basis: Part Time (0.5 FTE, 18.25 hours per week) Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Thursday 16 June 2022 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: R220300 Release Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022

Applicants are invited to apply for a part-time Research Assistant (RA) position 0.5 FTE for a 5-month fixed-term contract to join our BBSRC-funded project “Exploring a novel circular economy concept for the valorization of crude glycerol from biodiesel production” in collaboration with the industrial partner, Argent Energy.

You will have a good honors degree. A PhD (or are close to completing a PhD) is desirable, or have equivalent experience in a relevant subject and possess good knowledge and expertise in biomass valorization through hydrothermal, chemical, and/or enzymatic processing technologies, fermentation and bioprocessing, as evidenced by your PhD thesis and/or authored papers in peer- reviewed journals.

Familiarity with the fields of biomass pre-treatment integrated to biotransformation to value-added products will be highly advantageous. Practical experience in any of the following is desired: hydrothermal technology, acid and/or enzymatic hydrolysis, HPLC, GC-MS, microbial fermenters, and flow cytometry. We will provide full training in new techniques, supported by the possibility of national travel and collaboration with an industrial partner and building your own research networks.

Please submit your application with a CV, and a covering letter stating why you are interested in the topic and what you would bring to the project. For informal enquires or further information about the project, please directly contact Dr Alfred Fernandez-Castane ( or Dr Jude Onwudili (

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Aston University is a leading public research university in the UK. Established in 1966, The university campus is located on a green 60 acre, self-contained site in the center of Birmingham. Aston University is an internationally acknowledged center for education...