Research Associate (0239-24)

Aston University
May 20, 2024
Offerd Salary:£38,205 to £44,263
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Contract Type:Fixed Term (9 months
Working Time:Full time
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Research Associate EBRI Location: Aston University Main Campus

Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 per annum (pro-rata) Grade: Grade 08 Contract Type: Fixed Term (9 months)

Basis: Part Time Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Monday 20 May 2024 Interview Date: Friday 31 May 2024 Reference: 0239-24 Release Date: Monday 06 May 2024

The Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University is one of Aston University's flagship research institutes and part of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The Institute boasts a vibrant team of experienced and young researchers, and if successful you will join a team exploring research in aspects of bioenergy and sustainable chemicals. This position offers the unique opportunity to work in a highly multidisciplinary setting and work with academic and non-academic partners. We are proud to provide a supportive environment for early career researchers and offer mentoring/shadowing and other development opportunities to support staff in transitioning to new roles.

You are invited for a full-time (6 months) or part -time (27 hours for 9 months) Research Associate position in the Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals Group within EBRI. This role involves the modification and testing of catalyst materials for hydrothermal liquefaction of sewage sludge and aqueous-phase reforming of derived wastewaters as a combined conversion route to produce fuel gases and clean water. You will work with industrial partners to deliver the REvAR II (Renewable Energy via Aqueous-phase Reforming) project, funded by OFWAT (Water Services Regulation Authority) through the Water Discovery Challenge Competition.

For this role, as the researcher you will carry out laboratory-based investigations of two-stage hydrothermal liquefaction and aqueous-phase reforming of sewage sludge with the aim of producing fuel gases, particularly methane (and hydrogen). Initial work will involve the assessment of previous work done under REvAR I to understand the current state of the project. Thereafter, you will work on developing and applying appropriate catalysts to generate and confirm data for process optimisation. The role will involve the use of batch and continuous reactors, detailed analytical characterisation of feedstock and reaction products, and mass and energy balances calculations. The optimised data will be shared with industrial partners and used to develop kinetic and thermodynamic models for scale-up to a demonstration plant.

If you have any enquiries regarding this position, please contact Jude Onwudili (Reader) on [email protected].

Please refer to our Aston University benefits page where you can see the how Aston recognises the contributions staff make and the comprehensive rewards and benefits packages available for staff.

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